As Tipperary prepare to meet Kilkenny today for the first time since his retirement, Lar Corbett claims he doesn’t yet regret stepping away from the game.
“I’m content to leave it now and I don’t miss it as of yet but it’s still early in the year,” Corbett told GAA.ie.
Tipp’s 2010 All-Ireland hero admits he does harbour some regret with a career that brought him two All-Ireland medals.
“The six Munsters were great but for all we went through I would not be happy with just two All-Irelands
“We missed out on a few. Look, the scoreboard says otherwise but looking back I wouldn’t be happy with two and neither would any Tipp supporter of the last 15 years so we are all the same.
“Even one more for all the talent we had and how close we came. I suppose we had a change of manager every two to three years and it didn’t help. The players would have to look at it too and so would I.
Corbett paid tribute to his old team-mates, particularly the Mahers, Padraic, Brendan and Patrick, who emerged as stalwarts later in his career.
“We met great people and that young team that came through— with the three Mahers— well we were lucky to meet them. They came in with medals and puffed chests. We hung on their coat-tails and got going again. I was lucky to play a part in the journey.I loved being on the field; it was the only place I could really express myself.”
Corbett will still hurl this year with his club.
“I’m looking forward to getting going with the ‘Sars again. It will be the first time since 1999 that I will be able to go with them for the full season. I love togging out beside the next generation coming up, the 18 and 19 year-olds. They don’t have a care in the world. They couldn’t even tell you what they are doing next week. Anyone my age, well we all have the same problems and when we socialise together we just swap them. These lads would keep you young and fresh. They hop off everything.”
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