Waterford legend Dan Shanahan left on his own terms when hanging up his inter-county boots ten years ago. It followed a glittering career with the Déise and he hopes younger brother Maurice gets the opportunity to bow out in similar fashion.
Having given a decade's service to the county, Maurice Shanahan was dropped from the squad last October - along with 2019 captain Noel Connors - when Liam Cahill took the reins. It means the pair will have to force their way back into the Déise set-up if they want to revive their inter-county careers.
While 'Big Dan' understands that Cahill had some "hard decisions" to make as the new man at the helm, following two disastrous seasons for Waterford, he wasn't happy with the manner in which the pair were axed.
"I was involved with five different managers when I was playing and every manager comes in and makes one or two hard decisions. Now whether they are right or wrong, the manager will have to live with that if it's a wrong one," Shanahan says.
"It was disappointing that the boys were picked not to be asked on the panel and the rest of them got trials. If the lads had to get trials and they weren't good enough, then there wouldn't be an issue in Waterford with the two lads being gone.
"It's just the way that it was done more than anything else but when a manager comes in he must make a statement of what he thinks is right. The two characters I mentioned there are not messers though, they don't go blackguarding or anything, they are good lads and their record for club and county speaks for itself.
"Liam Cahill has been quoted as saying that the door is always open if they go well in their club championships, for any player, not only Noel Connors or Maurice Shanahan, the door is always open for players if they are performing.
"It's up to the individuals like Maurice and Noel that they go away and have great club campaigns in April. And you never know they might get the knock on the door or the phone call from Liam Cahill to go back in."
Shanahan had hoped to be involved with the county set-up this season under Peter Queally who was overlooked for the county job by Déise chiefs again.
"We obviously didn't come up to the county board's requirements, we didn't come up to their standards" said Shanahan who added that he "wouldn't begrudge" Cahill his opportunity.
While admitting that the Munster SHC is a "minefield", Shanahan retains faith in this group of Waterford players and expects them to "come with a bang" in summer as they chase a first championship win in three years.
"The belief I have in this bunch of players is unreal. I think Austin Gleeson is as good a hurler as Tony Kelly or Joe Canning on his day, I really think we have the talent down here to push on for a Munster championship," the three-time All-Star says.
"When you go through the panel of players that we have, and please God the players that might come back onto the panel, we have a great opportunity down here and I really believe in the lads that they are good enough to compete with the best teams in the country on their day.
"It's so important that Waterford win their home games in Munster, it gives them the opportunity to qualify. It's very important that everyone buys into winning your home games, that's four points and it gives you a great chance of qualifying."
Given the current inclement weather conditions, Shanahan insists it's difficult to judge any county but Waterford's winning start to the National League has impressed him, as has their "phenomenal" work-rate off the ball.
Currently the coach with Waterford's camogie side, the Lismore clubman gave five years as coach/selector during Derek McGrath's reign as county boss.
During that time, he helped them reach the All-Ireland decider in 2017 and, as a passionate follower of Waterford's hurling fortunes, he would "love to see them win every trophy they can, whoever is in charge and I wouldn't begrudge Liam Cahill or anyone else winning trophies."
Upcoming games against Tipperary and Limerick will be "real testers" where he expects to learn more about Waterford's prospects for the year while he is still going strong with Lismore at 43 years of age.
Hurling is ingrained in 'Dan the Man' with the 2007 Hurler of the Year - who guided St Mary's to a first Munster junior club hurling final last year - immersing himself in the game after bringing down the curtain on his Waterford career in 2010.
"I really love it and when I go training I give it everything I have for the hour and a half that I'm there. I'm still training away with the club and I love being on the field, it clears my head and takes the pressure off," he says.
"It's a busy time of the year but I still make time for training no matter what. It's fantastic for me mentally and I love trying to bring my stamp on things. I don't know it all, I'm learning every day. I'd be having a shower and thinking of what drills I'm doing. I really enjoy it.
"I go up training with Lismore as well and you could be after a bad day in the office or a bad day at work and next thing you go up to the field and run around and hit a few sliotars and go the best you can for an hour and 15 minutes or so, you get your shower and you're a new man.
"I always felt that way, even in my heyday. You'd have a power nap before training and get up and go training, you mightn't be in the best of form and after training you're a new man again. I wouldn't say it's therapy for me, everyone is just different and that works for me."