Limerick footballer John Galvin says it is remarkable that only the second senior club game he has started should yield him a county championship medal after guiding his adopted club Cratloe to glory in Clare on Sunday.
The 34-year old has been living in Cratloe for the past four years and yielded to pressure last month to join them for the closing stages of the Clare SFC.
Galvin, who captained Limerick to the 2000 Munster U21 football title, had not played for his club Croom, who had been relegated to junior this year, this season and was eligible to transfer.
But he won’t be pitching his lot in with the Clare footballers next season — who are managed by Cratloe boss Colm Collins — as he has only received a club transfer.
“I have been living in Cratloe for the last four years so I know a lot of the lads already. I am living at the entrance to the GAA field so it was an easy switch,” said Galvin after Cratloe completed the first hurling and football double in Clare in a century when they defeated Éire Óg from Ennis.
He made a couple of appearances off the bench in the closing stages of the title race as Cratloe went for double glory but was pitched in from the outset on Sunday, starting at full-forward and moving all over the place.
“In a way I can’t believe I am after winning a county senior medal, not only did I never win one before, I never played senior football before.
“I’m absolutely delighted with that and we get to go into Munster championship football now which is amazing as well,” added Galvin, who helped Cratloe push further away when he got the opening score of the second half as Cratloe ran out 2-12 to 0-11 winners with early goals from Conor McGrath and Podge Collins.
“There was a lot of pressure coming into the final, there was a lot of talk of doubles. We started the game absolutely fantastic, we got a great start but just drifted away for the last 20 minutes of the first half before getting on top again.
“To get a senior title is absolutely fantastic and my first year ever playing senior club football, to win a county medal is absolutely brilliant.
“I’m thrilled with it,” said Galvin.
The Limerick stalwart says Cratloe, who defeated Crusheen in the Clare hurling final the previous week and face Ballygunner in the Munster club championship the weekend after next, said that his new club have not tried to put a hurley in his hand yet but admitted he put in a big effort over the past few weeks.
“I suppose when you go to a new club you push yourself that bit harder.
“You try and look good in front of the lads when you get there. It really regenerates the batteries and gives you slightly new lease of life, I’m really enjoying it. They are a great bunch,” added Galvin.
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