Slaughtneil players are "like adrenaline junkies" says boss Michael McShane
SLAUGHTNEIL hurling manager Michael McShane says his players “like adrenaline junkies” when it comes to the business end of the year.
The Emmet's will begin the defence of the Ulster title they won for the first time ever last year when they meet newly-crowned Antrim champions Dunloy this weekend.
Having won the provincial treble of hurling, football and camogie titles last year, the Derry champions start back down the same road having retained their county titles in all three codes for the third successive year.
Despite having eight players starting for both footballers and hurlers, and a host more involved in both squads, they have become well accustomed to dealing with such a busy run at this time of year.
“Everybody knows the way it is with Slaughtneil. The players had two big football championship games against Ballinderry and Glen either side of the [Derry semi-final] against Ballinascreen.
“They seem to be able to rise themselves for the big games – they're almost like adrenaline junkies, they want those big games.
“I've seen over the last week at training the boys are really sharp and there's an edge to them. There's a bite about training and an intensity that wasn't there before.”