Skehill: Joe is the best hurler ever

July 29, 2021

Galway's Joe Canning scores a point from a sideline cut ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Former Galway goalkeeper James Skehill reckons Joe Canning is the best hurler ever to play the game.

Canning announced his retirement from inter-county hurling yesterday after 14 seasons with Galway which sees him finish a glittering career with five All Stars, three Leinster SHC titles and an All-Ireland crown from 2017 – the same year in which he was named Hurler of the Year.

Last weekend saw the Portumna clubman surpass Henry Shefflin as the championship’s all-time top-scorer and, speaking on Off The Ball, former team mate Skehill says Canning deserved enormous credit for what he achieved in the game.

"Joe is the best hurler ever," he stated. "I don't care what anyone says, he is the best hurler ever and I would hope that the team accolades wouldn't outweigh his strength in that conversation.

"Obviously, Henry Shefflin has 10 All-Ireland titles, but when you're talking on simple, individual terms, Joe Canning was the best ever.

"He deserves enormous credit and I hope he's happy in his decision and can have a happy retirement."

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