Waterford hurling folk will feel like they’ve received an early Christmas present as Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh returns to the hurling panel for 2018.
Now a four-time All-Star, ‘Brick’ is one of the most successful hurlers to ever put on the Waterford jersey.
While Kevin Moran was breaking into the side in 2007, he was one of the heroes of the side and the fact that he remains equally as influential to this day is testament to his ability.
Operating in the half-forward line these past few years, his ball-winning ability is unrivalled by almost any hurler in the country.
Walsh, who will turn 35 in 2018, received an All-Star in one of his finest seasons to date this year. Noticeably, he added a scoring threat to his game in 2017 too, chipping in with crucial goals against both Kilkenny and Cork. However, the Stradbally man’s real value is in his ability to draw fouls from his opponents.
At 34, there were those in the Déise public who had worried they may have seen the AIB employee for the final time in the 2017 All-Ireland final.
Although those with a knowledge of Walsh’s insanely competitive attitude will know that as long as his legs will allow it, the 2007/08 Waterford captain will not give up on his dreams of winning that elusive All-Ireland medal.
The news was confirmed by Derek McGrath on WLR FM this evening.
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‘Brick’ will, of course, have received a boost from claiming his tenth county senior football medal just two weeks ago as his native Stradbally defeated arch rivals the Nire. This fillip may have rejuvenated the Déise warrior.
Famously, Tony Browne hurled for the Déise until the ripe old age of 40, which was ultra-impressive.
With each passing season it becomes more and more likely that we could see the same from Walsh.
Déise supporters will be ecstatic at the sight of ‘Brick’ taking to the field once again in 2018.