Waterford can go all the way, insists DJ
Kilkenny legend DJ Carey has backed Waterford to claim the Liam MacCarthy Cup with Derek McGrath in charge.
Carey - a five-time medallist himself - was very impressed by the manner of the Déise's victory over the All-Ireland champions at Walsh Park in Sunday's Allianz NHL Division 1A opener.
Colin Dunford was one of Waterford's stars on the day and he's a key player for Carey-managed IT Carlow in this evening's independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final against UCD.
Carey said: "He is an exceptional player, a very good guy and a very well mannered young fella with his feet on the ground.
"He's a guy with phenomenal energy and I honestly believe it's only a matter of time before Waterford make that breakthrough.
"I can't see them not making the breakthrough - they have an excellent management but having said that, it will depend on a few things.
"Galway haven't made it, Dublin had seven or eight good years but seem to have gone back a bit, Clare have only won one and Limerick, despite a number of U-21 All-Irelands, haven't done it."
Carey is hoping that home advantage for IT Carlow this evening against UCD can count for something as he prepares to pit his touchline wits against former Tipperary player and manager Nicky English.
Carey said: "Myself and Nicky would be very good friends down through the years. I haven't spoken to him for a couple of months but we'll speak in Carlow!
"It's amazing, when you look at how serious this colleges hurling is, you have Nicky with UCD, I'm with IT Carlow and then you have Davy Fitz, Brian Lohan, Ger Cunningham, Eamonn Cregan - these massive names over teams.
"Home advantage is a big plus at colleges level.
"There won't be a huge support for either team on the night but I'd rather be playing in Carlow rather than up in Belfield, the Mardyke, or wherever."