Cork manager John Meyler has name-checked Patrick Horgan as one of the best forwards in the country alongside TJ Reid and Joe Canning.
The 31-year-old is Cork’s all-time top championship scorer and has been in top form in Munster so far, registering a combined total of 1-23 against Tipperary and Limerick.
Meyler believes Horgan deserves huge credit for his contribution to Cork and that the team need to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the marquee forward.
“He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that. Currently, along with Joe Canning and TJ Reid, three of the best hurlers in the forwards at the moment without a shadow of a doubt.
“Hoggy has proved that for Cork over the past 10 years and it’s just unfortunate that he doesn’t have an All Ireland medal and we need to rectify that for him. His contribution to Cork hurling over the last 10 years has been incredible.
“The scores he got [against Limerick], the goal he got, they really drove us on. It was nip and tuck at that stage, a goal either way could have driven Limerick on or Cork on but he showed the ability, the skill to take the ball down and side-step the back and stick it away. He’s critical.
“He’s always the first at training, he’s always practicing, he leads by example. It’s no wonder he’s a superb talent and he deserves the height of respect and praise for what he’s done. TJ Reid has the All Ireland medals, Canning has one, Hoggy doesn’t.
“He is the best, there’s no debate there.”
Cork will need Horgan in top form this weekend when they take on Waterford in their penultimate game in the Munster round-robin series.
It is a must-win game for the Rebels but they are up against a team who are already out of the championship and have nothing left to play for bar pride.
Meyler insists that his side will have to match or better the work rate they showed against Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds three weeks ago.
“We need to make sure that our standards don’t drop and that our work rate is there for the Waterford game, same as Limerick or better.
“We need to maintain that over 70 minutes and that’s difficult but we need to get through to the players and the players need to get that through to the management, to create that environment where we’ll all develop, we’ll all up our work rate and that’s what we’re looking for.
“What you’re looking for is the consistency of performance, that’s what we require, that’s what we want. We set the bar now and in terms of playing Waterford, that’s what we need to do and better that again.”
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