Callanan tips Cummins to join ‘40’ club

Legendary Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins has been tipped to join hurling’s elite ‘40’ club.

The two time All-Ireland winning stopper, 37, has been included in new boss Eamon O’Shea’s panel for 2012.

It means that he’s all but certain to retain his jersey in next summer’s Championship when he is 38.

The Ballybacon-Grange clubman has always prided himself on his fitness and team-mate Seamus Callanan reckons he’ll be still be in peak shape for action at 40.

Crucially, Callanan believes Cummins, who already holds the record for hurling Championship appearances, will be keen to play on and reach the magical figure in a Tipp jersey.

“It’s a low point when Brendan is coming back and he’s still fitter than me at 24,” smiled Callanan. “I can’t see that man stopping any time soon.

“The fitness, and the way he minds himself, he really is just someone you look up to and you see him coming back fitter than ever again. It just shows his great discipline. I’m sure there’s a few more years left in him yet.”

Callanan has pleaded with GAA chiefs to leave hurling alone. Gaelic football looks set to undergo major change next year when the Football Review Committee’s 18 strong list of proposals are voted upon at Congress. But the 2010 All-Ireland medallist says they shouldn’t even dream of making any changes to the small ball game.

“I think it’s perfect the way it is,” said Callanan. “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Meanwhile John Meagher of Loughmore Castleiney and John O’Dwyer of Killenaule are the two newcomers to the Tipperary squad announced yesterday.


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