Wednesday 29 March 2017

All-Star Barrett raring to go again as Premier eye more glory

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

All-star Tipperary defender Cathal Barrett. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
All-star Tipperary defender Cathal Barrett. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All-Star Tipperary defender Cathal Barrett is already looking forward to their new campaign, just a couple of months after winning his first All-Ireland medal.

Barrett  is recovering from an operation on troublesome ankle ligaments but expects to be back well before the start of the league in February.

And while he's excited about what 2017 might bring, he knows taking time out now will serve him well in the long run.

"After winning an All-Ireland you'd think you'd be happy enough to have a break but after a couple of weeks, nearly a month, you'd be hungry enough to go again," he said as the GAA announced their new GRMA scheme which aims to reward members through exclusive offers and discounts.

"You want to keep that winning feeling if you get me. But it's no harm really, even for the mental side of things, just to let the body rest, not to be draining yourself because you'd be wrecked. It does take its toll, it's a long year, October or November through to the following September, so you'd need your rest after it."

Buzzing

The last few weeks have gone by in a blur for the Holycross-Ballycahill man but he insists they are ready to chase down even more success after their impressive performance in September's final.

"It was my first (All-Ireland win) so it was a bit special for me. The pictures said it all, there was over 34-35,000 people in the stadium, the place was buzzing for weeks and still is. Everyone is still talking about the All-Ireland. It's fantastic for Tipp.

"We'd been close enough, a point or two on a couple of occasions, and they're hard to take. When you finally get over the line it's a sense of relief at the final whistle. The following few weeks after it are great, go to meet your family and friends and have a bit of craic and the homecomings.

"I suppose it was a six-year gap. In Tipperary you want to be winning it every year so six years is a long time so I think this year they really hit home how these things don't happen very often.

"There's a great maturity in our panel, we're not resting on our laurels after one year. We're parking this year and looking to next year and giving it another rattle again."

And Barrett expects old rivals Kilkenny to be the "benchmark" once more.

"I don't think you could ever write them off. In my opinion, Kilkenny are still the benchmark. Next year, they're still the team to watch out for."

Irish Independent

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