Limerick star Morrissey eyes Munster medal to complete the hat-trick
After securing All-Ireland and National League crowns in the last nine months, Limerick star Dan Morrissey is desperate for a Munster medal to complete the set.
The reigning champions kick-start their campaign when Cork come to the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday and the Ahane defender insists Munster "is the next big one" for the Treaty panel.
"When you are playing senior inter-county, a National League, Munster, and All-Ireland are the three medals you want to win," Morrissey said.
"Thankfully, we've won two of them over the last nine months. The Munster championship is the next big one we want to win.
"We're looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Games are what players want.
"To be guaranteed four Munster championship games, by comparison with previous years where if you won or lost your first game, you might not have another for four or five weeks, it is great the way the structure is now."
It's been a remarkable few months for the 25-year-old. Before last year's All-Ireland final, Morrissey hadn't won a thing with Limerick.
His underage teams missed out and he got no joy with the county's intermediate side either. Even his senior bow had a touch of bad timing about it as he came into the panel in 2014, the year after their breakthrough Munster success.
"I just missed out on a Munster medal in 2013. There is only a handful left from that 2013 squad. The vast majority of the squad don't have a Munster medal. It is obviously something players will want to win.
"Inter-county careers are so short at the minute that you want to win as much as you can while you are playing and you can look back on the medals you won then once you retire.
"I was up on the terrace that day (in 2013). I was in the training squad for whenever they were doing 15-on-15 games. I'd be brought in for them, but I wasn't on the official championship squad.
Cork are first to test their mood. They are already on the back foot, having lost at home to Tipperary last weekend. And it's not lost on Morrissey that the Rebels are the only side to have beaten them.
"The last few times we have met, there has never been more than a puck of the ball between us," he said.
"We've built up a nice little rivalry there. I am sure Sunday is going to be the same.
"The way the championship is, you want to get off to a good start. If you get a win in your first game you are setting yourself up very nicely, whereas if you lose you are putting yourself under severe pressure."