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'With Liam Cahill, Waterford are in safe hands' - Brendan Cummins hails Déise revival

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Waterford manager Liam Cahill

Waterford manager Liam Cahill

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Waterford manager Liam Cahill

Liam Cahill's wake-up call to the Waterford panel is just the revolution that the Déise needed to rejuvenate their chances against top sides according to Brendan Cummins, adding that he brings "a winning mentality" to the team.

"If you told Waterford supporters this time last year that they'd do well in the League without Phillip Mahony and Noel Connors on the panel, they'd go 'wait now a minute they're our leaders, they're the spiritual leaders of the group'.

"And they're not there now and Waterford are driving on. That's the evolution that you probably needed in the group," Cummins told the Throw-In podcast in association with Allianz Ireland.

"It's gas what happens when you get an outside guy in like Liam. He won two All-Irelands at Under-20s and Under-21s back-to-back (with Tipperary), and he's got a winning mentality, and I know some of the backroom team he has around the group, and he's got a good crew in there."

Despite finishing runners-up in the League last year, falling to Limerick in the playoff final, Waterford collapsed in last years' Championship, losing all four of their Munster Championship ties.

In this years' League, however, the squad rebuild - kicked-off by the omission of captain Noel Connors and Maurice Shanahan from the panel - has begun with three wins from three.

Two of which were by a single point, including this weeks' 0-17 to 0-16 thriller against Galway at Walsh Park, and former Tipperary goalkeeper Cummins believes that his old teammate Cahill's project is working.

"For me, his project was really working when they conceded goals against Cork early in the first round of the League. The oohs and ahh’ were obviously coming from the stands, and if you're Liam on the sideline you're going ‘oh my God this is the worst thing ever'," he said.

"But the players responded and they said 'right, we're different. We're new Waterfiord, we're not going to take anything lying down'.

"Liam's going at every game bald-headed like it's the All-Ireland, and rightly so, because he wants to get that magic word - confidence - into his players.

"He has it now, winning tight games like that, especially against Galway. They do seem to have one over Galway anyway over the last number of years.

"But to beat Galway again as the bar goes up all the time - I think they've Limerick and Tipperary to play next - (will make him) find out a little bit more about his players.

"But there's no doubt that the work he's doing during the week is fantastic and the players are responding.

"They're cautiously saying 'maybe there's green shoots here', which is no harm to be a bit cautious, but with Liam Cahill they're in good safe hands."

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