Wednesday 21 February 2018

Still plenty of life left in Tipp veteran Corbett, insists Maher

Tipperary's Padraic Maher
Tipperary's Padraic Maher
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tipperary star Padraic Maher believes club-mate Lar Corbett could continue with Tipperary for another season.

The 34-year-old made his championship debut for Tipperary way back in 2001 but after a strong show for Thurles Sarsfields as they moved into another county SHC final, Maher believes the veteran Corbett still has plenty to offer.

"He's plenty of life left in his legs if he wants to be (with Tipperary)," Maher said.

"I saw it the last day in the club game, up and down the field and not a bother on him.

"There's plenty of enthusiasm there as well. I don't know what the future holds with Tipperary but it's great to see it from a club point of view."

Maher's priority will remain with Sarsfields until their interest in the championship comes to an end but when Tipperary regroup for 2016, they'll do so under Michael Ryan after Eamon O'Shea stepped away in the wake of the defeat to Galway.


"Mick has the personality to step into that role," Maher said. "He's a very passionate man, loves hurling, loves Tipperary hurling.

"He brings that out in the dressing room if he's talking to us. Even talking one-on-one, his passion comes out and his enthusiasm for it.

"I have no doubts that Mick will come in and step into the role."

Maher's intercounty career started with a bang. Having joined the panel in 2009, he picked up and All-Ireland senior medal and U-21 title in the space of just six days in 2010. However, the ultimate prize has eluded them since.

"I suppose we don't know how lucky we were at the time (in 2010)," he reflected.

"I suppose when you see it like that, you do think you're going to rack them up and that you're going to have two or three.

"Obviously enough, it doesn't come that way and we've got close once or twice but haven't been able to get over the line.

"It's something that's very frustrating, that you've tasted success so early on in your career, you're trying to get back there again but you're just trying to work harder and harder to keep doing what we're doing and hopefully our time will come again. Kilkenny were the best team nearly ever, we've come in the same era.

"You see the likes of Galway have been there or thereabouts. There's good teams and we're very confident in our ability as well. I'm still hoping we'll get back there in 2016."

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