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Former Laois hurler and selector Tommy Fitzgerald. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Laois hurler and selector Tommy Fitzgerald. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Laois hurler and selector Tommy Fitzgerald. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It’s the guts of two hours from Portlaoise to east Galway, but former Laois star Tommy Fitzgerald has no problem making the trip to coach a star-studded St Thomas’ squad – and his faith was rewarded with a fourth county title in succession last Sunday.

Having worked under former Laois boss Eddie Brennan during his two years with the O’Moore men
(2019-’20), Fitzgerald (above) wasn’t expecting the call to come in May from rookie manager Kenneth Burke but it wasn’t one which he could refuse.

“They’re easy to work with. They’re well-oiled and a high-performing unit. They know how to prepare, they know how to train, they’ve good numbers in the field every night, so it’s a pleasure and I’ve really enjoyed it,” Fitzgerald said.

Much has been made of St Thomas’ underachieving in the All-Ireland series – aside from their 2013 success – but Fitzgerald insists righting wrongs of previous campaigns is not being discussed as they head into the last four.

“It hasn’t been mentioned. I know it’s an aul cliche of one game at a time but that’s all that’s been spoken about. Privately, lads might be thinking differently but in the dressing-room that’s all that’s been spoken about. It’s a great space to be in and it’ll shorten the winter.”

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