McGrath honoured by Premier captaincy
19 February 2013
Tipperary's Shane McGrath chases after Conor Cooney of Galway ©INPHO/James Crombie
Shane McGrath says he is honoured to be the new Tipperary hurling captain.
McGrath's appointment was announced over the weekend and the Ballinahinch clubman admits he could have been waiting a while if the old rule - which dictated that captains are selected from the county champions - had applied:
"Eamonn [O'Shea] told me the news on Saturday evening," the Tipp ace tells The Examiner. "He called me aside and I was taken aback at first. I didn't expect it.
"It's a huge honour for me and for my club Ballinahinch. We mightn't be senior champions any time soon so it was a massive thing for me and I'm delighted."
Looking forward to the NHL, which commences against Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening, McGrath adds:
"The management can make it a priority but it's down to the players how much we want it.
"There are a lot of lads on that panel like Paudie Maher who don't have a national league medal and I know they're busting to get one.
"I'd love to get another one and when you get a good run in the league it can pick up things."