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McGrath's eager after cancer battle
08 Feb 2016 15:03
Tipperary star Noel McGrath has a new-found appreciation of hurling and he simply cannot wait for the start of the Allianz League season this weekend.
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The 2010 All-Ireland winner was last year diagnosed with testicular cancer and in April he underwent surgery followed by further treatment.
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He made his Tipp return to a standing ovation as a substitute in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway, getting a rapturous reception from the Croke Park crowd.
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McGrath says his illness has made him realise just how lucky he is to have his health and he is bursting to get stuck in to the league campaign, starting with Dublin at Semple Stadium on Saturday.
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“It was something that I never thought would happen,” he said, recalling his diagnosis nearly 12 months ago.
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“It came up all of a sudden, there was massive shock for a few weeks and then after four or five weeks I just wanted to get back playing and get fit again.
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“The support from around the country was great and it was great to get back. I’m looking forward to 2016 because I missed most of last year, I only played four or five games for Tipp, and I’m mad to get playing and get the jersey on again."
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