Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Sullivan wants more

FIVE-TIME All-Ireland winning Kerry defender Tom O'Sullivan believes that lining out for the Kingdom is 'like an addiction'.

The 32-year-old Rathmore clubman contemplated walking away from inter-county football in the winter, admitting that his appetite for the game just wasn't there.

But having rediscovered his hunger and desire, the 2009 All-Ireland final man of the match is back, and he marked his return to the Kerry set-up with a substitute appearance in Sunday's league win over Galway in Killarney.

"I was touch and go for a while, alright. It could have gone either way at one point," O'Sullivan admitted. "I needed a break from it. I needed those few weeks away from it all. It was all about getting the hunger back. You need to have hunger when you are playing with Kerry."

Having been such a key cog in the Kerry defence over the last decade, the garda also admits that it's hard to walk away, especially when you can still play an important role for the team.

"There are enough guys trying to get into a Kerry jersey, so it wouldn't make sense if I walked away from that when I am still able to offer something. It's nearly like an addiction at this stage, playing for Kerry. You can't do without it," said O'Sullivan.

Irish Independent

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