It doesn't take long for Liam Sheedy to make an impression and James Barry could feel a massive weight lifting off his shoulders just minutes after sitting in front of the new Tipperary boss in the autumn of 2018.
Barry had just endured a nightmare season with the image of Walter Walsh accelerating away from him to raise a green flag in that year's League final loss to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park sparking a radical rethink from then-manager Michael Ryan.
He would play no part on the pitch in Tipp's catastrophic Munster campaign just two years after earning an All-Star at full-back when helping them to the pinnacle and confidence wasn't exactly seeping from the Upperchurch Drombane defender.
That would quickly change in the company of Sheedy, as well as selectors Tommy Dunne and Darragh Egan.
"We had a one-to-one meeting to go through where you stand for the year and the belief he gave me after that meeting by just saying, 'We want you back at No 3 so it's up to you to show us why you should be Tipp's No 3'," Barry recalls.
"I left there with a spring in my step. The head might have been down a bit going into 2019 but even after 45 minutes of that first meeting, I was coming into 2019 with huge confidence thinking, 'Right, if I can do what I can do, they have the belief in me to put me No 3'.
"If another manager had come in, they might have went with the younger lads to steer the ship so the belief that it gave the older lads that he's coming back and handing faith in us to get Tipp over the line at least one more time was massive."
Barry had been making up the numbers for training games with Tipp without being part of the squad when Sheedy was last in charge and remembers asking the Portroe supremo what he needed to do to make the grade at the All-Ireland medal presentation for the senior and U-21 sides in 2010.
"Aggression" and "enjoying the art of defending" were his words of wisdom and Barry put them into practice to make the breakthrough in 2013 before becoming a mainstay of the side when parachuted into full-back to curb Johnny Glynn in a do-or-die Qualifier game against Galway the following summer.
Sheedy saw what he wanted in his full-back for the 2019 season after making a shock return to the helm but after having a tough time against Limerick and Laois, Barry made way for their final two games of the year. That would not be his final involvement, however.
There's an iconic image just before the start of the 2010 All-Ireland decider where Sheedy is addressing the Tipp subs while coach Eamon O'Shea speaks to the starting 15 in a separate huddle and it highlights his ability to include everyone and value their worth. Barry was no different despite dropping to the bench.
Tipp manager Liam Sheedy celebrates All-Ireland final glory. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
"I spoke to him before the team was announced for the semi-final and final and when the team is announced, he brings the subs down to another dressing-room to have a few words to make sure that they'd all be tuned in," he outlines.
"He had given me such confidence that I almost took that meeting myself and spoke to the players from a player's point of view.
"There's no time for lads having a sulk on the Thursday night because they're not playing.
"No one is going to care what number is on your back when the final whistle blows as long as Séamie (Callanan) was going up the steps.
"That was something we always spoke about all year, the group of 60 or whatever including the backroom staff.
"That's all we wanted and we don't care what we do as long as Séamie gets up the steps, you do whatever you're asked. You might only get your hands on the ball two or three times when you come on but it has to matter and impact. I wasn't playing for the semi-final and final but I was expected to lead that role.
"If I hung my head and had a sulk, then that sets the tone for the rest of the subs' bench. I spoke to Liam and asked could I take on that leadership role within the subs. He gave me that belief that no matter what number you have on your back, you have some bit of leadership to play."
It was fitting that Barry should get onto the pitch for his final swansong as a late blood sub replacement for Pádraic Maher in their comprehensive defeat of Kilkenny and having "pleasantly told a Croke Park official where to go", he waited pitch side after leaving the fray and was the first man to explode onto the sod when the final whistle blew.
"The fact that I was able to get on the field made a huge difference," he recalls as he "savoured those few moments" with players like Callanan, Noel McGrath and Brendan Maher after battling alongside them throughout his career.
He did so knowing that this would be his last hurrah in the blue and gold as his inter-county goals had been achieved while personal circumstances were changing off the pitch and he could no longer continue to make the taxing journey from Cork that he had made for the past six years.
Working a stone's throw from Páirc Uí Chaoimh with Gas Networks Ireland - where his co-workers include former Cork footballers Graham Canty and Daniel Goulding - Barry had climbed the ranks with promotion to Project Manager earned last July.
James Barry: ‘I didn’t want to stay on and for people to be saying that, ‘Oh his best hurling is behind him’’. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Marriage to Shannon was on the horizon in November and having settled in the south Tipperary village of Ballyporeen (Shannon's home village) three years ago, the time was right to walk away. At 29, he had achieved his hurling dreams.
"Every year I was getting more responsibility with work and it was getting hard to leave at 4 o'clock to beat the traffic, it was grand at the start when you can kind of leave work early but if you're trying to step forward in your career, it's very hard to balance both.
"I couldn't really commit to staying an extra hour and doing more because there were four nights of the week when I had to leave work straight away for training.
"You don't mind it at the time but it's only when you come out of it that you realise the driving you were doing.
"I maybe put my career on pause the last couple of years focusing on Tipp but I definitely got what I wanted out of it.
"I always wanted to win the second All-Ireland medal with Tipp so having done that I had achieved what I wanted to achieve so that made it easier to step away.
"If we hadn't won last year, I never really wanted to finish having won the one medal. It was always a thing in me that I wanted to stay going, and even if that meant leaving the job in Cork for a job in Thurles or Clonmel or Nenagh, I was willing to look at that.
"I definitely wouldn't be able to compete with the lads that live around Thurles and are able to get to do the recovery sessions easier so I said work and Tipp are definitely going to start clashing more often and that it was time to step away while I was still on top."
Barry announced his retirement in October before going out with a bang during the dream off-season with the All-Ireland medal presentation (including a five-minute video montage hailing Barry and the retiring Donagh Maher) followed by his stag and wedding as well as the team holiday to Cancun.
Having soaked in the Mexican sun and said his final farewells, it was only on the bus back from Dublin Airport that he realised the door had finally closed on his inter-county career.
"We were coming back from the team holiday and that was my last time that I was going to be part of the squad and I was saying good luck to them. I got removed from all the WhatsApp groups and the lads got their schedule for the next two weeks and there was nearly 12 or 13 days in a row," he says.
"They had to do their own running sessions, gym sessions and pitch sessions so I didn't miss that part of it. But you do go from seeing these lads six days a week to not seeing them at all, you miss the dressing-room but you don't miss the slog of training.
"They were going home and back training the next day and I was going home to take it easy but I always remember reading AP McCoy's book and he said you should step away when people think you should stay as opposed to staying the extra year or two and people thinking you should go. I didn't want to stay another couple of years and for people to be saying that, 'Oh his best hurling is behind him'."
Barry will never forget the emotion when he walked through Upperchurch in '16 with the Liam MacCarthy Cup alongside Ryan and county chairman Michael Bourke - all from that parish - behind the Moycarkey Pipe Band and that stands tallest among the memories of his days with Tipp.
Six months were taken off from all GAA duties to catch a break from the road, recharge the batteries and settle into married life before the coronavirus crisis left him working from home on a daily basis.
A "more relaxed" lifestyle meant trips away could finally be planned before the Covid-19 pandemic and that a few pints and a visit to the chipper were no longer out of the question.
After finishing his Tipp career with everything he ever wanted, who can blame him for letting his hair down a little and toasting a fine career?