Sunday 22 October 2017

Enough obstacles in early season without black card

January already a miserable slog for county hopefuls desperate to catch manager's eye

Donegal's Rory Kavanagh receives a black card by referee Barry Cassidy
Donegal's Rory Kavanagh receives a black card by referee Barry Cassidy

Colm Parkinson

Despite the awful weather, it was great to have the inter-county football season back up and running on Sunday. The three-month break from inter-county action whets the appetite -- even for the January competitions.

Twelve counties have new managers in 2014 -- a sizeable portion of counties who will be dreaming of bigger and better things this season.

While it's an exciting time for supporters, players hate these early-season competitions -- well at least I did. It's not the established players I feel for during the month of January, it's the ones trying to earn a place on the panel. January is a bloodbath for the struggling panel-fillers, comeback kids and U-21 graduates of inter-county football.

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