John Mullane is regarded as a true legend of Waterford hurling and his latest promise should solidify his legendary status further if the county win the Liam MacCarthy Cup on Sunday.
Waterford face Galway in this weekend’s decider – with Derek McGrath looking to guide the Déise to their first All-Ireland title since 1959.
De La Salle man Mullane, said earlier in the year that he fancied Galway for the championship but lives in hope that Waterford can come out on top.
The now-retired forward was there the last time Waterford were in the final in 2008 – recalling the experience as a ‘nightmare’. All involved with this current crop of players will be hoping that there is no repeats of such disaster this time out.
Speaking to RTÉ, Mullane has opened up on what he will potentially do should he have cause to celebrate come Sunday evening.
Mullane has promised to “jump on a horse in the nude” and ride it down the quay of Waterford if they are successful.
The former All-Star admitted that while he was joking at the time of making the proposal he would happily do so in future should it be for a worthy cause.
“If the lads do pull it off I’m sure we could come to some sort of agreement. We might do something with regards to getting a charity involved and possibly getting a few bob for the lads’ team holiday because they’ve given us a fantastic summer.”
After beating two of the finest teams in the country in Kilkenny and Cork, the Déise will more than fancy their chances against a Galway side which have looked unbeatable at times throughout the championship.
Waterford will be without the suspended Conor Gleeson for this year’s decisive encounter, but, perhaps the thought of Mullane naked on a horse will be enough to drive Derek McGrath’s men on to achieve All-Ireland glory.
If this proposal is anything to go by then we can only imagine some of the scenes which may ensue should the 58-year famine in Waterford finally come to an end.
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Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man where we previewed the clash of Waterford and Galway in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.