Enough obstacles in early season without black card
January already a miserable slog for county hopefuls desperate to catch manager's eye
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.