On the Con debate - I really don’t know how he would fair out at senior intercounty. He is definitely up to it, but I am not sure if he would be a stand out as he is at club level.
He did have his year on the senior panel (first year out of minor) and back then he wasn’t making the panel proper really. I know he was very young at the time, but this was from the manager who put Burke and O Sullivan etc. in at the same age. Also, Con was a very good minor, but I wouldn’t have had him the best on that team, I thought McBride was.
It is an impossible judgement to make really, to compare how someone in one environment would do in another environment. I suspect he would be a version of Shane O Donnell (Clare), I think a better version as he is more athletic, but I am just not sure. There is the chance that the extra training has accelerated his development on the hurling front and he would carry it through to senior inter county, but who knows really. But if the extra football training can make a good minor hurler a superb senior hurler, then how good would Costello be with regular hurling - he was a fantastic minor.