Horan hails impact Walsh has made for Kilmacud Crokes

December 01, 2022

Kilmacud Crokes' Shane Walsh and Eoin Lambert of Thomas Davis ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Kilmacud Crokes’ Shane Horan has hailed the impact Shane Walsh has had since the Galway attacker’s arrival at the Stillorgan club.

Walsh’s transfer for the Dublin giants was confirmed at the end of August and since then Crokes have captured another senior football championship crown in the capital and are currently gearing up for Sunday’s Leinster club SFC final against The Downs od Westmeath (4.30pm).

Speaking to GAA.ie, Horan said that Walsh’s contribution to Crokes is much more than what he puts on the scoreboard for them.

"When it was first announced, you're kind of excited," he said on his reaction to Walsh's transfer.

“Obviously there's a part of you that's fearful about another lad coming into the forwards.

“When you're playing in the forward line with him, and I always go back to Paul Mannion with this, the other backs have to be wary of those two guys and it gives the rest of us a little bit more space to do a bit of damage.

"If even our defender has to focus away at all, it buys you a bit of time. Additionally, his training and his thoughts from his time with Galway, tactically he's quite good. It's a different set of eyes. We had a set group for a while there where we saw things the same way. To get a new set of eyes in for how we press a kick, or how we shape up in attack, it's good to have him involved from that perspective."

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