It is not a matter of public record if Donal Keoghan can sing or not.

Neither is it known whether or not the Rathkenny man has ever heard of Mike Scott.

However at last weeks media night prior to next Saturdays Tailteann Cup decider against Down the long serving captain did reveal he was once a water boy.

And the role, handed to him by then county board chairman Barney Allen, saw him have a front row seat as Meath took their last Leinster title.

Keoghan said, ‘ It was a quarter final game against Laois in Tullamore in 2010 and Barney bumped into me outside the ground and asked me if I was available to do water boy for the team.

‘I was 19 at the time and the manager, Eamonn O’ Brien had me in and around the panel, the occasional challenge game that kind of thing so when Barney said it to me I was happy to be involved.

‘I carried on in the role and did it for the Leinster final, the one with Joe’s famous last minute goal and I even managed to get involved in the post match huddle.’

He’ll be a forceful voice in the pre game grouping this weekend and he says the entire squad have bought into the whole Tailteann Cup experience.

‘We always knew there was a chance we could end up there due to our league position so we sat down and said this is the cards we are dealt we have to play them and nobody was majorly disappointed,

‘As a group we saw it, and still see it, as a realistic opportunity to go on a run and regain a bit of form.

‘The prize at the end is an automatic place in the Sam Maguire next season that is the purpose of the Tailteann Cup it gives you a platform to build on.’

And winning it gives you a medal something the dogged defender, with a welcome flair for goal scoring, would love to collect.

‘ I suppose that is the big driver for me and us as a collective it would be really important for us as a team going forward to win something like this.’

And the one time water boy won’t mind getting a bang on the ear to achieve that aim.