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'I’ll Be Trying To Glean A Few Gems Of Wisdom From Him'

'I’ll Be Trying To Glean A Few Gems Of Wisdom From Him'

Late last month, there was word of a surprise addition to the Galway hurlers' backroom team. Four-time Kerry All-Ireland winner Kieran Donaghy had been recruited by Micheál Donoghue.

The 35-year-old performance coaching role, one 2017 All-Ireland winner Conor Cooney says the team has had people slipping in and out over the years.

"We’ve had people involved at different stages, people coming in, from different walks of life, giving talks and things like that," Cooney said ahead of next weekend's AIB All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship final.

With his club side St Thomas involved in that All-Ireland final against Ballyhale Shamrocks, Cooney has not seen much involvement with the Galway panel.

When he does get back in full time with the panel, Cooney is looking forward to working with Donaghy.

"He seems like a great guy and a great character - he was involved with a fantastic Kerry team there. I suppose it’s an outside voice and an outside view and a different perspective on things.

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"I always think that’s a good idea to challenge your own way of thinking and challenge the way you’re doing things and maybe adapt and change. If you don’t you’ll probably become stagnant and ultimately you’ll be beaten.

"So yeah, he’ll be a great guy to have around especially for myself being a forward - I’ll be trying to glean a few gems of wisdom from him throughout the year."

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