Galway's Jason Flynn is expecting a physical battle when the Tribesmen meet Dublin in this afternoon's Leinster Hurling Championship quarter-final.
"Ourselves and Dublin have a lot of big men," he told RTÉ Sport. "It should be a good, physical game at Croke Park.
"Liam Rushe up in the forwards is a big threat, he’s a big man and Conal Keaney in the backs strengthens them up a lot.
"They could have beaten Cork very easily but let it slip in the league but they can only go upwards with Ger Cunningham.
"Training has really stepped up and everything has been going well. [We're] looking forward to the challenge against Dublin."
The under-21 star has cemented a place in the Galway senior team this season after making his debut against the Dubs in last year's Allianz Hurling League.
"We scored 0-28 and I got four myself so as a young lad starting, I was delighted," he recalled.
"I played last year in the league and championship and I learned an awful lot from it it I still am learning.
"This year I had a good league and am looking forward to the championship. Every lad dreams of playing at Croke Park at a young age and I’m getting a chance to do it so I’m looking forward to it."
Flynn took the frees during the league in the absence of regular marksman Joe Canning.
The Tommy Larkins clubman drew particular praise from manager Anthony Cunningham after converting an injury-time dead ball to defeat Clare in February.
"I’d missed a few frees before that so it was a big pressure free," he said. "I could hear the energy of the crowd but I knew myself that I had to score it.
"I said to myself 'it’s a great chance to get the winner here, a minute left and a draw game'. I took the opportunity and it was very good for me, did my family proud, I was delighted with it.
"I’ve been taking frees all my life. As a youngster with my club and I took them under age with Galway as well. You get what you put into it and if you know you’ve the practice done, you know you’ll do well. Just keep your eye on the ball and follow through."
As for whether he's ready to hand free-taking responsibility back to Canning, who has recovered from a series of hand injuries, Flynn smiles: "Between the two of us, we’ll work something out".
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