INJURED Limerick hurling goalkeeper Nickie Quaid has given his full backing to his understudies to fill the void between the posts on Sunday week against Clare in the Munster SHC.
TJ Ryan and his Limerick management face the tough decision to select either Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown) or Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock) to replace the injured Quaid.
Regardless of who is selected in the Limerick goals next Thursday it will be a championship debut.
“Both are excellent goalies - We will be in safe hands,” promised Nickie Quaid this Monday at Limerick’s pre-championship media briefing in The Greenhills Hotel.
“All I can do is back them 100% - I have no doubt that whoever plays there will be no fear of them. Both are extremely good goalies and both have a lot of good experience behind them so I would have no doubts,” outlined the Effin man, who hasn’t missed a championship game for the past five season.
“Down through the years there have been some brilliant goalies and we would all like to think that we are good enough to make it but none of us are ever sure of our place because its always picked on form. I just hope that whoever gets the nod on Sunday week will perform to the best of their ability and I have no doubt but that they will. We would like to think that one of our strong points in our strong panel and we have replacements for every position in the pitch,” outlined Quaid, who is ruled out with a dislocated collar bone.
David Breen is also definitely out of the Thurles quarter final against Clare on May 24 with a broken bone in his foot.
Aside from this duo, Limerick will pick from a full panel.
Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare will be without Brendan Bulger (suspended) and Colm Galvin (emigrated), while Conor McGrath and Cian Dillon are injury concerns.
“It’s a frustrating time of the year - no body wants to be injured come championship. It is what it is - I just have to do everything in my power to be fit as soon as I can,” outlined Quaid of his injury nightmare.
“It’s just unfortunate more than anything but it’s part and parcel of the game for sports people - I have to get on with it and make sure I am not moping around training and that I back the lads 100% and contribute a small bit. It’s hard to feel like you are contributing but I have to make sure I am not feeling sorry for myself and bringing down the atmosphere at training,” he explained.
“Everything is going well - obviously the league was disappointing but training is going well and we are hoping we can perform to the best of our ability,” said Quaid.