Kingston is ready for action again
By Cian O'Connell
Shane Kingston is keeping the faith. During the lockdown individual training continued for Kingston down by the banks of the Lee.
Now, though, even with July and Octover etched into the calendar as key moments in the club and inter-county year to provide sharp focus, Kingston's mindset hasn't altered too much.
"For me, personally no," Kingston replies when asked is there a difference in approach now that specific dates have been given for a return to action.
"I was training, doing my own bit regardless probably for sanity really. You go from training so much to absolutely nothing.
"The news there during the week was something I was very pleased with, but even if there wasn't something I would probably be training away regardless.
"I don't know, it is just what you are used to really. Obviously I'm delighted to have something. It would have been a disaster if we had nothing."
Comfortable with his father, Kieran, as a manager, it isn't any issue for Shane Kingston .
"I had it in 2016-17 and I had it underage," Kingston says. "I’m used to it now to be honest.
"If I’m not good enough I won’t be played or if I’m playing bad I’ll be whipped off fairly quick.
"I’m no different in his eyes to anyone else.
"Obviously being so interested in hurling, he’s always kind of in the loop and people are always in contact with him.
"So I wasn’t too surprised when he decided to go back because in 17 he left the door open, he never said he wouldn’t go back."
Kingston is excited about the possibility of returning to inter-county action with a different Championship format expected due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
"Yeah absolutely, you know, obviously, the round-robin is very good, but given the circumstances I suppose, a straight knockout is probably the best option," Kingston replies.
"That's obviously a brilliant format but look, it's added pressure really because you have to be on your toes to play the game, if you're not you'll be fairly sorry, but yeah I'm looking forward to that now. "
Before then Kingston is hopeful a talented Douglas outfit flecked with talented performers can deliver on the Cork Championship stage.
"Absolutely," Kingston remarks. "We probably have been favourites or second favourites for the county in the last few years and obviously not shown it because we have been gone fairly quick.
"We have a very strong panel and we have underachieved really over the past few years. As I said it will be nice to get everyone together, to be training together properly, to have a good stab off it."