He has won three All-Irelands to date and been nominated four times for Hurler of the Year, winning the award in 2019.

Yet at times during his career, Séamus Callanan was not always sure of his undoubted ability.

The Tipperary hurler touched on that thought process on tonight's Sunday Game

"I didn't think I was in that bracket of getting involved with a Tipperary senior hurling team," said the Drom-Inch clubman.of his maiden call-up to the Tipp panel aged 19 in 2008.

"I was a sub on all the teams coming up. I was involved in the Tipperary setups at underage but I was always on the bench with them and maybe I felt like I was enjoying my club hurling and never really saw myself in that bracket.

"I'd be ambitious alright but was surprised and overjoyed when it did happen. Thankfully I took it by the scruff of the neck and as I said, there were ups and downs but it's been a great journey."

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While he made a a strong start to his Tipperary career, there were down points for a couple of years.

"In 2010, we won the All-Ireland but I lost my place against Wexford that year and I never got in again," Callanan recalled.

"I was making an impact off the bench as well. Then 2011 and '12, there were ups and downs. '12 was a poor year for me. I didn't get much game-time really.

"My confidence had suffered a little bit and I just wasn't getting the chances that year. But in 2013, Eamon O'Shea came back in as manager then and even after that, I started the first round and was taken off.

"We got beaten by Kilkenny down in Nowlan Park in the qualifiers and in that game I was back as a sub again.

"In my own head, I was going, 'God am I at the level at all?' Then 2014, Eamon put his arm around me and just said, 'Look, I'm putting you in full-forward there now and I'm going to show trust in you for the year and  believe in you'. Thankfully it kind of took off."