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'Gallivanting' over

Peer pressure and his Irish heritage adds up to a drinking habit in football which he believes exists to this day.

"I think, like lots of young people, probably young Irish people and players, you do get involved in all that. When I was playing League of Ireland, that was part of the show.

"But as you get a bit older you pick up injuries, get speaking to foreign players and expecting and hoping to learn. Maybe that's not the way to be going, out and about, gallivanting.

"If I was 19 and someone said to me after a game that you best go home to eat some carbohydrates. 'You need locking up, I'm going out'. But you have to move with the sports science."