Sunday 16 December 2018

Inter-county return not high on Shine's agenda

'Still just 29, Shine didn't rule out a Roscommon return but admits that inter-county football places physical demands which his body hasn't been able to cope with.' Photo: Sportsfile
'Still just 29, Shine didn't rule out a Roscommon return but admits that inter-county football places physical demands which his body hasn't been able to cope with.' Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

While he may be away from the game's biggest stage and unlikely to return to the Roscommon fold under Kevin McStay's successor, there's no doubting Donie Shine's class.

Shine gave a free-taking masterclass as Clann na nGael thwarted the three-in-a-row efforts of St Brigid's to claim Roscommon SFC honours and left many wondering why he hasn't been seen in primrose and blue in recent years.

There has been a lot of water under the bridge since he spearheaded the Rossie minors to All-Ireland success in 2006 and having been dogged with injuries, he concentrated solely on club football.

Still just 29, Shine didn't rule out a Roscommon return but admits that inter-county football places physical demands which his body hasn't been able to cope with.

"I don't think so, but we will see what happens," Shine said when asked of a possible inter-county return.

"It is a bit easier when you go back to the club after leaving the county, you can look after yourself a bit more.

"You don't need to be as athletic as you do for the county. I have probably not trained as hard this year as I have in other years."

Having watched on in recent years as St Brigid's - All-Ireland club champions in 2013 - performed with aplomb in Connacht, Shine has his eyes set on a lengthy provincial run.

"I would be good friends with a lot of the Brigid's lads and they have set the standards so high that we can only envy what they have achieved over the last few years and we have to try and reach those standards now and give it a good run in Connacht," he said.

"In 2015, we went on to play Castlebar and we probably did not prepare that well because we did not know what we were capable of. We were unsure of the landscape at that level, but when we got into that game we could have won it.

"Maybe if we believed a bit more we could have got over the line so hopefully this time we can put more preparation into it and give it a right good rattle."

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