Waterford's Austin Gleeson has been named the 2016 GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year
Gleeson, took the accolade at a gala ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday night, having earlier been named the Young Hurler of the Year after a sparkling summer.
He was a key part of the Déise's U21s' electric march to the All-Ireland title and consistently dazzled for the seniors, who were edged out in the semi-finals after a pulsating replay with Kilkenny.
"I'm shocked to be honest," he told RTÉ Sport after getting the nod ahead of Tipperary pair Séamus Callanan and Pádraic Maher.
"To win it is unbelievable. I wouldn't be standing up here if it wasn't for [his team-mates]. This is for the team."
After another near miss in the summer, Gleeson believes that Waterford will learn from their bitter disappointments and deliver the holy grail of a Liam MacCarthy Cup - and urged supporters to stick with his side.
'Hopefully they keep believing in us and hopefully we can eventually get there.' https://t.co/LCYxli0PCK— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) November 4, 2016
"We're still a young enough team," Gleeson said. "2017 is hopefully going to be very good but we just have to keep going now. We owe a lot to the management team, especially Derek [McGrath].
"If he's behind us, God only know what could happen.
"To have everyone backing us and the buzz around the city and the county, it's just phenomenal and it gives us a boost. Hopefully they keep believing in us and hopefully we can eventually get there."