Turning pro would see game lose "community spirit" - Canning

December 16, 2017

Galway's Joe Canning celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
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Galway star Joe Canning says he would love to play hurling as a professional but reckons it would see the game lose its "community spirit".

Speaking in a candid interview on the Late Late Show last night, Canning, who won his first All-Ireland SHC title in September, stated that he wouldn't change the game and also made a point to highlight that it doesn't "define" him either.

"I don't see hurling as my first thing. I see myself as a family person and that's what my family see me as. They see me as Joseph more so than Joe," said the Portumna man.

"Hurling doesn't define who I am. I feel uncomfortable when they call me 'Joe Canning the hurler'. I'm an amateur at the end of the day."

He added: "I'd love to be professional, definitely, 100%. I'd love to do it every day... but that's just the way it is.

"To be honest I wouldn't change it. I wouldn't like to see it going down that road because it would lose of our heritage in Ireland especially. It wouldn't sit right with me. It would lose the community spirit."

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