Thursday 27 June 2019

High hopes for Treaty says injured Browne

BELIEF: Browne says his Treaty team can deliver. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
BELIEF: Browne says his Treaty team can deliver. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Paul Browne stood on Hill 16 as an 18 year-old in 2007 when Limerick last appeared in an All-Ireland final, around the time Kilkenny were in their awesome pomp.

So despite the emergence of this current band of talented young hurlers and the strength of a Na Piarsaigh team, he was hopeful rather than expectant of a repeat visit.

"We have had plenty of false dawns before in Limerick, thinking it was going to happen and it didn't," says Browne, who tore his cruciate ligament in the week after Limerick's Munster SHC defeat to Clare in Ennis.

"You can't be guaranteed of anything. The attitude of the boys is different to any hurlers who have come through before. They are an incredibly hard-working, honest, decent bunch of lads.

"There isn't a bad egg among them. They are good guys. They work hard and you see the result.

"They are able to do everything and you see that in the way we are playing at the moment. Physically, we have been well able for it, as well as hurling-wise."

Browne had surgery two weeks ago and naturally he has been amazed by the speed of Bernard Brogan's recovery from the same injury.

"It is phenomenal," he acknowledges.

"Some people can get up and strap it up and play on, some people have huge swelling and some people have minimal swelling.

"I had minimal swelling, so I wasn't too bad.

"Two days after it happened I was off the crutches and walking normally, and a couple of days later I was jogging and doing my rehab in the gym, so I was fine. But Bernard obviously has put in a phenomenal amount of effort; pre-surgery more so than post-surgery so that must have been some work to put in.

"I can only imagine the way I'm feeling now, he must have been feeling the same way.

"And if he wasn't, I'd love to get a bit of whatever he has going for him. But fair play to him - phenomenal.

"I hope he gets the rewards over the next couple of weeks and I hope everything stays well for him.

"I can only wish him the best and hopefully he can play."

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