SHANE LONG KNOWS a thing or two about Gaelic games.
Before the Tipperary native was playing in the Premier League and scoring match-winning goals for the Republic of Ireland against world champions Germany, he was as a promising hurler.
Long was a Munster Minor Hurling Championship winner with his native county in 2003, scoring 2-1 in the 2-12 to 0-16 final win over Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
In his time at home, Long, who now plays for Southampton, lined out with Two-Mile Borris club St Kevin’s FC in 1994, before joining St Michael’s in Tipperary town in 2002.
Long is currently spending his free time reading Rory Kavanagh’s autobiography and tweeted the former Donegal midfielder the best of luck …
— Shane Long (@ShaneLong7) December 7, 2015
Kavanagh won three Ulster titles with Donegal, as well as the 2012 All-Ireland. In October, he released his autobiography ‘Winning – How Donegal changed the game forever’, which was published by Hero Books and ghost-written by Meath’s 1987 and 1988 All-Ireland winning midfielder Liam Hayes.