Joe Canning says he’s not made a decision yet on whether he’ll be playing inter-county hurling next year.
The Galway forward became the top scorer in Championship history last weekend, overtaking Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin by one, scoring 0-9. Throughout his career the Portuma man has scored a staggering 27-485 in 14 seasons, leaving a lasting legacy if he decided to hang up his boots now.
Unfortunately the record celebrations were muted as the Tribesmen lost to Waterford in the qualifiers that weekend. The Crystal County came out on top and in the process won their 11th of 12 recent championship meetings with Galway.
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Galway were tipped by many as favourites to taste All Ireland success for the first time since they won it in 2017 under Micheál Donoghue. Canning played a crucial role that year, nabbing hurler of the year for his efforts. However after the devastation of losing to Waterford & Dublin, few are pundits are speculating that Joe’s time may be up. Current manager Shane O’Neill has expressed his hope that Canning stays on, further adding fuel to the fire that his inter-county career may be coming to an End.
Meanwhile Canning is paying little attention to comments made by pundits about his future
“Some People say yeah retire, some people tell me not. We will leave it for another day. It’s funny, I’m the same age as a few lads in other counties and they don’t get ask this question. It’s funny how other people want to retire you at some stage. I haven’t made anything (decision) yet”.
Keeping with Galway news just five weeks after losing the 2020 final, Galway claimed the Leinster under-20 hurling crown last night. To add to the satisfaction, they beat reigning champions Dublin 2-15 to 15-points in Portlaoise.