Yes. There’s been no change in the championship for a while and this is real change. I think it’s going to be exciting. It increases the pressure on players with matches week in, week out. It won’t be all good news for those who like to watch games, as the tight schedule means it won’t be possible to see a lot of them. Overall it’s better than teams being behind closed doors all the time. It’s also uncertain, which is good as well. Nobody knows how it’s going to turn out. It’s not that long since Kilkenny were on top so seeing them back in the league was no great surprise. They’ll be competitive but I’d temper judgement on the national league. It was played in very poor conditions - winter rather than spring hurling - and there was a doubt about form. Counties were also deepening their squads with the new format in mind so the 2018 league mightn’t be as reliable a championship indicator as it was between 2001 and 2017. Kilkenny have to be viewed in that context. This depends a lot on who wins the All-Ireland and the new format makes that very open. TJ Reid is the best player at the moment but I looked at the list of contenders a while ago and for me the value bet was Cian Lynch . He’s a great hurler and I fancy Limerick to do well. After getting to a league semi-final, maybe Limerick aren’t that much of a surprise but unlike 15 years ago when they also did well at under-21, the current crop have more forwards and greater scoring power even if they need to cut down on wastage. Those players have also played a very important role in the success of Limerick colleges in the Fitzgibbon. It’s hard to make a call on Galway at the moment in that I’d have concerns about their energy levels. If they can hit the stride they hit last year, they will win but if not, it’s anyone’s – including Limerick’s.