Sunday 16 December 2018

Joe Brolly tackles the issue of the long commutes Dublin-based players are subjected to

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Joe Brolly believes the issue of players travelling great distances to train with their inter-county is solvable if players are simply allowed to take part in sessions where they are based.

The issue of players being based outside the county they are representing has been hotly debated in recent weeks.

A recent report in the Irish Times highlighted that over 20 players in Monaghan, Louth and Leitrim and Roscommon were based in Dublin.

All-Ireland runners-up Mayo have 18 based in the capital with 14 Donegal men also residing there.

Speaking on Independent.ie's GAA podcast The Throw-In in association with Allianz, Brolly claimed there would be no issue if county manager didn't demand that they drive back for training and organise sessions where they players are living.

"There's no need for a lot of that commuting," he said.

"It's people like Jim McGuinness tyrannically ordered that players had to return and come back to train three or four times a week and dictated every part of players lives and this is pretty common place.

"The great Kerry golden years team, for example, probably the greatest team to ever play the game. Their Dublin-based players trained in Dublin. That's what they did and there was no big fuss about it.

"It didn't seem to have any particular impact on them come Championship.

"It's all gone insane."

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