The launch of the Nicky Rackard, Lory Meagher and Joe McDonagh Cups was held recently in Croke Park and having had a taste of playing at headquarters last year, the Leitrim players would love another opportunity to grace the hallowed turf.
Zac Moradi was in Croke Park to represent Leitrim at the recent launch ahead of Leitrim's opening game in the Nicky Rackard Cup against Donegal on Saturday, May 19.
Speaking to the Gaelic Player's Association at the Championship launch Zac recalled Leitrim's final appearance against Warwickshire last year.
"It was a great achievment to play in Croke Park last year," Zac recalled with a real sense of pride."
The passion for hurling is as strong in @LeitrimGAA team as it is anywhere else. Zak Moradi tells us about last years Lory Meagher Cup campaign and his hopes for Leitrim to reach Croke Park once again, this year in the Nicky Rackard Cup. #WorkingTogetherForPlayers pic.twitter.com/21q17IsHqH— GPA (@gaelicplayers) May 3, 2018
Looking ahead to the start of the Championship campaign and commenting on the structures in place Zac noted, "You're playing at a level where you are good enough, I think you are only as good as the player you are playing against.
"There is no point Leitrim playing Galway because there is only three clubs in Leitrim playing hurling so you are basically looking at 45 players. It's a good thing for us to be starting off in the Lory Meagher Cup or the Nicky Rackard Cup."
While the spotlight may not shine as brightly on Zac and the other players who will be competing in the lower tier championship grades as opposed to those challenging for the Liam McCarthy Cup, Zac believes there is little to separate the players in terms of their passion for the game.
"I'll have the same passion as the Kilkenny players about their county and I'm the same with my county. We all love the game and everyone who is representing their county, they love their county."
Leitrim will play Donegal on Saturday, May 19 and Tyrone on June 2. The semi-finals are scheduled for June 9 with the final set to take place in Croke Park on June 23.