Kyle Hayes has put in a string of impressive performances from wing-back so far this championship, and former All-Ireland winner and fellow Limerick man Shane Dowling believes there may be more goals to come.

Speaking to RTÉ's GAA Podcast, Dowling said Limerick have been able to create a whole new wing-back role going forward through the likes of Hayes, who has scored two championship goals this summer.

One of these goals was an all-time classic against Tipperary in the Munster final.

Dowling, who played with Hayes prior to his retirement, said that what always stood out about the Kildimo-Pallaskenry man was his "physique and athleticism".

"The power of the man is unbelievable," he said.

This weekend, Limerick face old foes Waterford who they convincingly beat to claim the All-Ireland crown in Croke Park last December.

Dowling said that Hayes should have had goals in both last year's final against Waterford and in the semi-final against Galway, as his performances moved to another level getting up and down the pitch.

"It's phenomenal how he's turned it around," he said, also describing Hayes as a "freak" for his sheer athleticism on the pitch.

Going back to Limerick's landmark All-Ireland win in 2018, Dowling said how Hayes is performing now is different to the likes of Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey in similar positions.

"What Kyle is doing now wouldn't be their game," he said.

Dowling believes that Waterford do have the capacity to cause Limerick problems this Saturday, and it may be a "very close game" up until the last water break, but he backed a Limerick victory.

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