Shanahan delighted by stronger Deise
Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30
Waterford selector Dan Shanahan believes his young side are catching up on their rivals in the physical stakes.
Starlet Austin Gleeson observed last year that they were well behind Kilkenny in terms of their physicality when they went down to the Cats in the All-Ireland semi-final.
But Shanahan sees that gap closing as they prepare to take on Clare in Sunday's Allianz Division 1 final in Thurles.
"If you've noticed, and most people have, our lads have gotten stronger since last year even," Shanahan said at the launch of the John West Feile na nGael which takes place from June 17-19 in Tipperary and Waterford.
"The younger lads have physically gotten stronger than last year and that's down to the physical training and they have their plans for two years. We're a bit behind other teams at the moment but the lads are working hard with their gym programmes and on the field."
Waterford hit three goals in their semi-final win over Limerick but had managed just one in the six games previous, but Shanahan insists that isn't a major problem.
"I could name six lads (on the Waterford panel) off the top of my head who could get goals any day," he said.
"We don't worry about the goals, we created four or five chances against Limerick last week and we took three. If you're creating chances you're going to hit the net.
"(Is there) a problem in our heads that we weren't scoring goals? No not really as we were creating chances.
"If we don't score against Clare they'll be on about it again but as a management team we don't worry about whether we get goals or not, we're well capable of winning the games."
And even though the teams will meet in Championship on June 5, Shanahan insists the Deise won't be holding back this weekend.
"We'll take Sunday first and whatever the result, the lads will go back to their clubs for a couple of weeks and we get them again for three or four weeks before the championship," he said.
"We can work on and concentrate on that game then but we aren't looking past Sunday. Our game is Sunday and we don't care about the championship game, it's another month and a half away, the only game in our heads is Sunday."