Waterford will give 46-year-old goalkeeper Darren Mulhearne his inter-county debut against Clare in their Munster SFC quarter-final clash on Saturday.

Mulhearne was first called into a Waterford senior football panel as a 17-year-old but never got to play a game and he was let go shortly afterwards. Now, 29 years later, he stands on the verge of making his debut for the Deise.

The 46-year-old goalkeeper was been called up by manager Benji Whelan after his first choice net-minder Aaron Beresford suffered an injury on club duty.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport last week, Mulhearne said: "I don’t think I have ever had a serious injury and I love to keep fit, which makes it easier. It would be different if I was playing outfield, of course.

"It’s brilliant now to be involved with an inter-county team - I have enjoyed every training session and I love the challenge."

Clare manager Colm Collins will also hand out debuts to Stephen Ryan and Cormac Murray, whose combined age is less than that of Mulhearne.

The Banner's top-scorer in the Allianz Football League, David Tubridy, is out with an Achilles injury.

Waterford: Darren Mulhearne; Sean O’Donovan, Ray O’Ceallaigh, James McGrath; Brian Looby, Shane Ryan, Tadhg O’Huallachain; Shane Aherne, Tommy Prendergast; Sean Whelan-Barrett, Dylan Guiry, Conor Murray; Jack Mullaney, Ferghal O’Cuirrin, Michael Curry

Clare: Stephen Ryan; Kevin Hartnett, Cillian Brennan, Gordon Kelly; Dean Ryan, Aaron Fitzgerald, Sean Collins; Gary Brennan, Darragh Bohannon; Kieran Malone, Eoin Cleary, Jamie Malone; Cormac Murray, Gavin Cooney, Cian O'Dea.