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There can't be enough tasty worms for all the early birds

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

Matthew McGleenan
Matthew McGleenan

Club players in Monaghan and beyond may not have noticed it, but a comment by Scotstown manager Mattie McGleenan could condemn them to sleep deprivation next year.

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After managing Scotstown to victory in the Monaghan football final on Sunday, the Tyrone man mentioned their early-morning sessions as a contributory factor to their success.

"We have had 6am gym sessions that obviously worked for us," said McGleenan.

That's that, then. Those who started later or, heaven forbid, did nothing until the evening, clearly had no chance.

So if bouncing into the gym at 6am worked for Scotstown, does it follow that a 5am start would be even more useful? Or how about 4am? Anyone for a midnight session?

Of course, there may have been clubs who sweated it out even earlier than Scotstown but weren't quite as good so their dawn rumbles came to nothing.

Scotstown had five players, including Rory Beggan, Kieran and Darren Hughes, on the Monaghan panel this year so they should be serious county title contenders, irrespective of training times.

Really folks! Club teams training as early as professional boxers who, of course, rest up later, rather than spending the day at work. Hasn't it all gone a bit daft? Not to mention dangerous.

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