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'If I was to never hit a penalty again it wouldn't bother me, once we win the games'

Cork’s goalkeeper has no problem with the new penalty rule change.

Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash.
Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

HIS PENALTY TAKING style was a major talking point during the 2013 hurling summer and ultimately prompted a change in the rules of the game.

But Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash doesn’t mind if he never surges upfield to strike a penalty again.

This summer will witness the first hurling championship where one-on-one penalties are in play.

Nash’s pioneering style lit up the season two years ago but he has no problem with the change.

“I’ve said it, from day one, and I know I’m repeating myself, but if this is better for hurling, then I’m happy. If one-on-one is the way they want to go, and it will keep the excitement in the game, then I’m delighted, and don’t mind at all.”

“I’m happy for Patrick Horgan to take them, or Paudie (O’Sullivan), or anyone, and strike the back of the net, once we get the three points on the board. If I was to never hit a penalty again it wouldn’t bother me, once we win the games.

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Cork's Anthony Nash signs autographs Anthony Nash signs autographs at yesterday's launch of the GAA-GPA Cúl Heroes trading cards. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Nash believes the furore over penalties in hurling will not die down until the new system has been trialled for a full campaign.

“It is not really put to bed because every time I come up here, I am asked about it. It is going to follow me around for a while. After this season is done, and whether it is seen as a success, then (people) may start forgetting about it. But it is still in a trial process to a certain degree.”

‘We’ll welcome him back with open arms. We can’t wait to get Noel back.’

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