Slaughtneil hurling boss Michael McShane reckons if his players were playing for “any county down south” they’d be praised as “superstars”.
The Derry giants take on Dunloy Cuchullains of Antrim in tomorrow’s Ulster club SHC final at the Athletic Grounds (1.30pm), where they’ll be gunning for their third successive provincial crown and fifth overall.
Speaking to BBC Sport NI this week ahead of the decider, McShane said Slaughtneil’s success shouldn’t be put just down to the fact that they’re a physical outfit as they also possess “fabulous hurlers” within in their ranks.
"Yes, we're a big physical team with the make up of the team and a lot of those guys have been conditioned in their bodies for a number of years now and are in superb condition," he stated.
"But that sort of muddies that water and the message should be coming out about how good Slaughtneil are as a team.
"We're not just in about it on a physical level. We've also got players in there who are fabulous hurlers. A team full of lads who are fabulous hurlers.
"If they were playing in any county down south, they would be lauded as superstars. We've got a nice mix of everything - strength, athleticism and fabulous hurlers."Tweet