Brick set to re­turn for Water­ford

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA -

Water­ford icon Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh is back in train­ing for the 2019 sea­son and looks set to add to his record 74 se­nior in­ter­county ap­pear­ances.

Man­ager Padraic Fan­ning con­firmed yes­ter­day that the Strad­bally na­tive will be part of his plans for next sea­son.

Walsh played se­nior foot­ball for Water­ford in 2002 be­fore mak­ing his se­nior hurl­ing de­but in 2003 and has since made 74 con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in the county jer­sey since then. There was a huge fo­cus on him last year when he broke the record in Water­ford’s cham­pi­onship game against Cork in Thurles, fol­lowed by spec­u­la­tion that he might re­tire, but the in­di­ca­tions now are that he will line out for a 17th year in a row for the hurlers.

Fan­ning added that Shane Ben­nett of Ballysag­gart, who missed last sea­son, will also be avail­able for the Water­ford se­nior hurlers next year.

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