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Published: 14:54 | 15/4/16

Mahony happy to be back

Waterford hurler broke his leg in May 2015

Waterford forward Pauric Mahony is looking forward to more game time after 11 months out with a broken leg.

The Ballygunner star came on for the final moments of Deise's Division 1A clash with Galway last month after breaking his leg nearly a year ago on club duty.

"It's hard to describe really," he said.

"It just comes at you fairly quickly and I know when [manager] Derek [McGrath] gave me the nod on the Friday that I was going to be involved on Sunday, I was like a child at Christmas, I just couldn't wait.

"I came on for three or four minutes and I probably played that over 50 times in the days before, but it was kind of good to get that out of the way really because I'm just one of the other 30 lads involved now.

I'm no different and don't want people thinking 'oh, take it easy on him' - my leg is 100 per cent now.

"The goosebumps were going 90 that day! I was just delighted to get back on the field really, it was nice to get that reception."

The 23-year-old now hopes to persuade manager Derek McGrath to give him a starting berth in Sunday's league semi-final against Limerick in Thurles.

"I wouldn’t even think about the leg at this stage,” Mahony, the joint top scorer in last year’s league, said.

"The pace of the training games and the intensity is so high that you just don’t have the time, you are going from drill to drill and it’s just flat out.

"When you’re in there, it’s up to yourself to get through it and I’m trying to impress the management as much as any of the other players are.

"I’m pushing myself to the limit and there’s no real option to be sitting back worrying about the leg.”

O'Mahony believes Limerick will prove a tough test for the current league champions at Semple Stadium, with manager TJ Ryan able to select eight Na Piarsaigh players following their run to the All-Ireland club title.

"You'd have to be impressed by their showing the last day [their 1-21 to 1-19 league quarter-final win over Dublin] because Parnell Park has proven to be a fortress," he continued.

"They're going to be coming in with serious confidence and obviously the Na Piarsaigh boys back brought that bit of energy they had with the club and that bit of confidence after winning the club championship."

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