Browne expects Gleeson to step up against Rebels
10 August 2017
Cork's Bill Cooper with Austin Gleeson Waterford.
Former Waterford defender Tony Browne says he expects Austin Gleeson to show why he was named last year’s ‘Hurler of the Year’ in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Cork.
Gleeson’s form in the early rounds of this year’s championship weren’t of the same calibre of what he displayed throughout 2016, with a largely anonymous performance against the Rebels in June’s Munster semi-final, but four-time provincial champion Browne feels the Mount Sion man will deliver this weekend.
“Times have changed since I won it back in ’98 and I just had a brief conversation based around what’s going to happen after and just to maybe give him a small bit of advice and tips,” he told the Irish Examiner.
“He’s handled it pretty well. I mean, he’s a very young player, he’s only 21 years of age.
“His potential as a hurler and an athlete is just phenomenal really. There’s a lot of pressure on him, a lot of pressure every day he goes out. People are expecting unbelievable things from him and I think he’s handling it pretty well.
“His first day out against Cork maybe he wasn’t playing in an ideal role as a hurler of the year, probably. He struggled and suffered there a little bit… He’s level-headed and we’re hoping that he will come right at the right time and show on the 13th why he is hurler of the year.”