I had a bad year and didn't perform - Canning
STAR attacker Joe Canning has made the frank admission that his Galway form wasn't good enough in the 2010 championship.
Hurling's finest young talent admits that his contribution on the field wasn't what it should have been and it is something he will have to reflect on.
Galway bowed out of the championship after an epic quarter-final with Tipperary, the fifth successive year that the Tribesmen have failed to make the semi-finals.
"I had a very bad year, to be honest about it. I'll be straight up. I didn't perform at all this year," he said.
"It is something I have to look at. I have to try and get back to training and get back scoring and creating and getting on the ball a bit more. It just didn't happen for me," added Canning at a preview of the Bord Gais All-Ireland U-21 hurling semi-finals yesterday.
Pressed on whether he was feeling the effects of too much exposure to the game in recent years, Canning was dismissive of such a theory.
"I wouldn't agree with that at all," said the two-time All Star. "I just played bad, basically. I am not going to make any excuses for my performances this year -- I will take it on the chin and say that I didn't perform."
Canning accepts opposing teams are concentrating on stifling him more but it's something he feels he has to deal with.
"It is up to me to mind my own game. I'd rather put myself there to try and get better and if there are extra markers on me to try and better that again."
Canning returns to Limerick IT for his last year and hopes to see John McIntyre and his management team return for a third season in the weeks ahead.
He believes Tipperary are currently the best equipped team to topple Kilkenny as All-Ireland champions.
"If any team is capable of doing it, Tipp are. They have the players to match them and maybe beat them, but they need a lot of luck," Canning added.
Meanwhile, a firm of Galway bookmakers with strong GAA connections have made the former Limerick and Laois manager Liam Kearns the 2/1 favourite to succeed Joe Kernan as the Tribesmen's football boss.
Mulholland bookmakers, the family business of former Galway senior footballer and the All-Ireland winning manager in 2007 Alan Mulholland, have placed Kearns at the head of the market after Kevin Walsh's decision to remain with Sligo.