"You work so hard and you get your heart broken. You come back again and you get so close and you get your heart broken again. So to finally get up the steps, it's the proudest moment I've had on a hurling pitch."
While the new round-robin series in this year's Leinster and Munster hurling championships proved a resounding success, Brian Cody believes it was another blow to clubs and that a balance urgently needs to be found between inter-county and club activity.
There will be no restriction on the number of players allowed between the 45-metre lines in Gaelic football when a kick-out is being taken under the new rule which is set to be trialled in next year's Allianz Football League.