"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."
Corkman Mark Keane and Derry's Anton Tohill were on the training ground this week within hours of getting their Australian adventure under way, determined to pick up the skills that may someday establish them as AFL players with Collingwood.
With just one county final left to be played in 2018 - the Galway SHC decider between Liam Mellows and St Thomas' which is scheduled for next weekend - the provincial club championships are in full swing.
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.