Galway football manager PÃ¡draic Joyce has revealed he was criticised within the county for making Shane Walsh team captain but says the Kilkerrin-Clonberne man has revelled in the role.
Walsh has hit 2-22 and led from the front as Galway won three of their opening four games in the Allianz League and now head to Navan on Sunday to take on Meath.
Walsh has produced stunning displays, earlier in the wins over Monaghan and Donegal and the loss to Kerry, and on Sunday was man of the match as the Tribesmen scored a record 2-25 to 0-12 over a shell-shocked Tyrone side who finished with 13 men.
âHe is, heâs a super talent and I know I got a lot of criticism within Galway for giving him the captaincy,â said Joyce.
âI just felt that heâs one of the best footballers that Iâve seen to play the game and bags of talent in him, but in the leadership aspect I just thought to try and get a bit more out of him.
âHeâs doing fine, letâs not get carried away with it, itâs the last week of February, heâs probably been the best player on show during the week, the best player so far across all teams maybe.
Joyce made Walsh his captain after taking charge during the winter when he took over from Kevin Walsh and they have begun the new season encouragingly, winning the Connacht FBD League before continuing that good form into the Allianz League.
Joyce said they were taking little for granted against bottom of the table Meath and he expects a serious backlash from Andy McEnteeâs men who have lost all four games.
âMeath put on a sturdy performance against Kerry down in Killarney and they arenât going to go the whole league getting beaten, theyâre going to get someone somewhere. Letâs just hope itâs not us,â added Joyce.