Sunday 17 December 2017

Wishing McGrath a speedy recovery

John Mullane

BEST wishes to Ken McGrath as he recovers from open-heart surgery. By all accounts, the operation has been a success.

It's only when something like this happens that we realise the importance of the GPA. In times of need, players, and indeed ex-players, can call on Siobhan Earley, Sean Potts or Tomas Colton for assistance and guidance. I haven't seen Ken (pictured right) or spoken to him but I know that plans are in place for a benefit match.

A Leinster selection against their Munster counterparts will feature a host of former county stars and we're very much looking forward to it. You'll see more details of this emerging during the week.

Ken was an integral part of the Waterford hurling renaissance and, going to the games back around 1998, I loved watching himself, Tony Browne, Paul Flynn and Fergal Hartley. Those lads whetted my appetite and fuelled me with a desire to play for Waterford.

Ken (left) was an inspirational figure in the dressing room, a fantastic captain in 2004, and he always had an iconic presence about him, both on and off the field.

When I was sent off in that 2004 Munster final, Ken tried to keep my spirits up, telling me to keep training away and to remain positive – just like he always did.

I know that after coming through what he has, Ken will want to make people aware of just how important heart screening is for everyone.

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