Burke fancies Rebels

09 August 2017

Galway's David Burke celebrates.
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David Burke expects Cork to be Galway's All-Ireland SHC final opponents on September 3.

Barring a draw, the Tribesmen will discover the identity of their final opponents after Sunday's second All-Ireland semi-final between Cork and Waterford at Croke Park.

"There’ll be nothing in that as well, it will depend on the likes of Austin Gleeson, Kevin Moran, all of Waterford’s big players. I think Cork have a better balanced team on paper, but it will be an interesting game nonetheless," the Galway captain said at the launch of the 2017 Fexco Asian Gaelic Games in Croke Park yesterday.

"Tadhg de Burca, if he is missing, that will affect the balance of their team a bit more but I think it could be in Cork’s favour going into the game.

“Croke Park suits their type of hurling as well and I don’t mind who we get but we will have to work really hard whoever we are playing against and we are excited to be in it and we realise we need to get the job done.”

The midfielder admitted it would be a dream come true if he was to become the first Galway captain in nearly 30 years to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

"It would be, but I'm trying not to look at it like that," he continued.

"I suppose what I've been telling myself all year, or even in the last couple of years, is that I'm here to do this job and to see it out and get it done. That's the way I'm building it up for myself.

"My job being captain is very easy when you have the likes of Joe Canning, Colm Callanan, Aidan Harte and all these lads who have been on the team for as long as I have."