Cork forward Paudie O’Sullivan declared himself “absolutely thrilled” after capping a remarkable comeback from serious injury with two points in Cork’s Munster SHC quarter-final replay defeat of Waterford.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after Cork’s dominant 0-28 to 0-14 win, O’Sullivan said he was very happy to be back, but stressed that the main positive was that Cork had won the game.
“It’s good to be back; delighted now, absolutely thrilled,” O’Sullivan said.
“But what is even more that we got the win after the poor performance the last day. Hopefully we can push on now for the next day.”
“I had three of four big, severe setbacks that a lot of people didn’t know about" - Paudie O'Sullivan
O’Sullivan suffered a fracture tibia and fibula while playing for Imokilly in a Cork SHC clash against CIT in April 2013, and has endured a tortuous road to recovery.
Although his tibia healed properly after surgery, a second operation was required on his fibula, and he missed the entirety of this year’s league campaign.
He revealed that he had had a number of setbacks not widely know about during his recovery, and said he now felt he was in good form.
“Couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I had three of four big, severe setbacks that a lot of people didn’t know about.
“But I was so lucky. I had Dr Con Murphy, and our physio, Declan O’Sullivan; the amount of people that came out of their way to help with operations and everything was just fantastic. This is as much for them as it is for me.”
O’Sullivan came in the second half of Sunday’s quarter-final replay to replace Daniel Kearney, and got on the score-sheet in a matter of seconds.
He admitted that scoring was special, but said the overall report was more important.
“I suppose, look, as a forward, you’re always a tiny bit selfish, you always maybe want to get a score now and then, but [...] the team got the win, and that’s the most important thing.”