Laois fans need to get off their backsides -- McCarthy
Laois hurling boss Teddy McCarthy has called on the county's supporters to get 'off their backsides' and start supporting the team.
The Cork dual All-Ireland medal winner, who will lead Laois into the Leinster Championship for the first time on Saturday against Carlow, has been shocked by the lack of support for the side.
"It is high time people got off their backsides and started supporting us," he said.
"It is easy to support us from the couch at home or in the bar after, but we need the support, we are no different from anyone else."
Laois will be without midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick, who has been ruled out for the season on medical grounds, with doubts surrounding Sean Burke, John Brophy and Jimmy Walsh.
McCarthy faces an uphill battle to revive the O'Moore County and he has told the current crop to forget about players who are refusing to play for the county.
"You have fellas missing because they won't come on the panel. I said to the players: 'We are in a hole, but if we are manly enough it is up to us to dig ourselves out of it.'
"If we can stick together for the three years I'm sure we'll be a force to be reckoned with in Leinster again and we won't be talking about the boys that are not making themselves available," said McCarthy.