Kilkenny have been celebrating their 11th All Ireland hurling title since the turn of the millennium in the weeks since they dispatched of Galway with a dominant second half display at Croke Park, but now attentions have turned to securing title number 37.
There had been worries that Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrell would never tog out for the Cats again after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, but it appears that his recovery has gone very well as Tyrell announced on TV3's 'The Seven O'Clock Show' that he wants to come back and play next season.
The foot is good; the screw is still in it at the moment. I recently got good news from the consultant so, things are good with my foot and I’m feeling fresh so if management feel that I have a role to play next year, then I’m very much up to the challenge and I’d love it again.
Brian Cody and the management team are probably looking at plans for next year so hopefully I’m in their thoughts and if I am, I’ll be looking to go back.
A welcome boost, as if they needed it.
Tyrell has been accredited with an Al Pachino-style half-time speech that drove his teammates on to victory against Galway, although the man himself has been quick to play it down.
It will be a massive lift to have him available for selection and leading by example on the pitch, rather than just in the dressing room.