Kilkenny legend Tommy Walsh believes Con O'Callaghan is the top hurler in the country at present.
Speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball AM show, the nine-time All-Ireland winner likened the Cuala dual star to fellow Cats great DJ Carey but recognises that the 21-year-old hasn't had the chance to demonstrate his talents on the same inter-county stage.
"I know he's only playing club…to me Con O'Callaghan is the best hurler in Ireland right now," Walsh stated.
"He just reminds me of DJ. I remember going to Gowran matches and there used to be an extra few hundred people at ordinary first-round league games. Just to see DJ.
"When the ball comes into his space, bzzzz, next minute the whole place is on a buzz. What's going to happen?
"You look at Con. When that diagonal ball comes in, it's usually a two man full-forward line and it's just, what's going to happen next? He gets the ball, goes round his man, either gets fouled or puts the ball in the net."