LIMERICK football captain Seanie Buckley has given his backing to the young guns that will backbone the senior team this Saturday in Ennis in the Munster SFC clash with Clare.
Limerick will have four players getting their first Munster SFC action, while another two are in their second season at inter-county level.
But long serving captain Buckley has full confidence in the rising stars.
“In fairness there has been a lot of young lads very willing to come in and step up and not just try and just fight for a place on the panel but fight for a place on the team. Lads have definitely benefited from getting that opportunity and probably 40-50 lads got an opportunity at some stage this year. It’s good to see new faces,” said the captain.
“You could say it’s fast but there is a lot of training sessions gone in. Most lads are going five to six nights a week between gym and everything. It’s short time-wise but there are a lot of training sessions and a lot of trial matches and a lot of work. Coming onto a county panel is massive and it can develop you in a short pace of time and it’s up to lads how far they buy into it. You won’t make is this far in the year unless you are after fully buying into it. It’s a credit to the fellas who are after making the breakthrough because they are after putting everything into it and it has paid of.”
He added: “lads like Gearoid is vice-captain and this is only his second year and have taken on huge roles in a short space of time and it’s one of those where you either sink or swim. Lads who have come in have taken things with both hands and whatever was required of them, they have done more so its huge credit to them”.
“Clare are going into it hugely confident. I was reading the Clare papers after our league game and they saw that as their worst performance of the league by a long way and they are a hell of a lot better than they played in Newcastle West. If we expect to get things as handy we will be cleaned out. The football they can play we saw in the Gaelic Grounds a couple of years ago when they were running from all angles and they are a very good side. Last year they pushed Kildare to the very end and whatever we can be we won’t be surprised by what they bring and we need to match that,” said Buckley.