Five-time All-Star John Mullane believes that the unavailability of Walsh Park for the 2018 championship could actually be a 'blessing in disguise' for Waterford.

Waterford's home ground has been deemed unsuitable to host two Munster championship games this summer and Derek McGrath's team have had to forfeit home advantage.

When health and safety standards are applied, the ground can only boast a maximum capacity of 8,000, well below the average attendance for a Munster championship game.

Mullane told RTÉ Sunday Sport that the news could benefit the Waterford hurlers, as he contends they play their best hurling in a wide, open pitch such as Thurles compared to the tighter playing area of Walsh Park.

"I actually don't think Walsh Park suits this Waterford team. They play better hurling in a big, wide open field.

"I think it might be a blessing in disguise that we're not playing games in Walsh Park. Down the road, I'd love to see us getting a couple of home games."