NICHOLAS MURPHY Cork footballer
Nicholas, 27, has been on the senior panel since 1997. His favourite position is midfield and he has also lined out at wing-forward, but mainly as a third midfielder. The Carrigaline clubman has won two Munster medals, a National League, Railway Cup and an All-Ireland intermediate hurling medal. With Carrigaline he won two minor county football medals. He works with National F
Nicholas, 27, has been on the senior panel since 1997. His favourite position is midfield and he has also lined out at wing-forward, but mainly as a third midfielder. The Carrigaline clubman has won two Munster medals, a National League, Railway Cup and an All-Ireland intermediate hurling medal. With Carrigaline he won two minor county football medals. He works with National Flooring Ltd as a rep, covering Munster and parts of Leinster
Most memorable sporting moment?
Winning my first Munster football final against Kerry in 1999.
Worst sporting moment?
Losing the All-Ireland final to Meath in 1999.
Sporting event you would pay most to see?
The Ryder Cup.
Moment in your life when sport was put into perspective?
9/11. When you see something like that happening it puts everything into perspective.
Least favourite venue?
Ennis. It's a tight pitch, with the crowd on top of you providing a hostile atmosphere.
What most distinguishes a county player from a club player?
Consistency, attitude and discipline, on and off the field.
Who is the best club player who hasn't made your county team?
My brother Peter, who is 25 and plays full-forward or midfield for Carrigaline. He has played underage for Cork and in the odd league game but he has yet to start a championship game.
Is it necessary to be hard/ruthless to be successful at county level?
Yes, if you want to win you have to make sure there is nothing left to chance.
How many times have you been sent off in your career?
Never, just a yellow in the National League this year which meant I was sent off under the experimental rules.
What is the most annoying thing an opponent has done to you in the course of a game?
Holding on to the jersey.
If there was a transfer market who would be your target?
Declan Browne. He's a talented finisher, everything seems to go through him, which puts a lot of pressure on him, but he seems to handle it well.
What proportion of training time do you spend on the skills of the game?
About 70 per cent.
If you could change a rule in your game what would it be?
Define a tackle or bring in the mark.
Are there any perks involved in playing for the county?
It helps with the job as most customers would have an interest in GAA.
How many years before players are financially rewarded - and would you approve?
Maybe five years or so. I would agree for players to be compensated for time out of work and increased expenses.
How has your social life suffered since you became a county player?
Very limited during the season.
Most annoying question asked by the public - and the answer?
'Will ye win on Sunday?' We'll do our best and hopefully it will be good enough.
Which four sportspeople would you like to invite to dinner?
Tiger Woods, Roy Keane, Muhammad Ali and Maria Sharapova. They are all top names in their sports and it would be interesting to hear how they got to the level they have achieved and what keeps them going because it's very hard to keep going when you are at the top.
'Never give up on your dreams and enjoy playing'.