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Sunday 25 September 2016

No-show Tribesmen must be 'disgusted' now - Walsh

Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Walsh reckons that the footballers who turned down the chance to play for Galway this year are now regretting their reluctance.

In the run-up to championship, Kevin Walsh made the eye-catching revelation that 52 players had either turned down the opportunity to train with Galway or dropped off the panel during his first year-and-a-half in charge.

Now, as the new Connacht kings gear up for Tipperary in Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final, the manager's namesake and star forward says: "Lads made the choice even before the year started that they didn't want to be involved in it. I think they will be probably disgusted at themselves that they didn't.

"A lot of the reason behind it would be probably that they felt Galway weren't going to win anything this year. You have to buy into something. If you don't buy a ticket, you won't win the raffle.

"You have to be prepared to put in the hard work and graft. The lads that are in there at the moment, everyone is working his socks off."

Those who remained were further motivated by the pessimism that preceded their June showdown with Mayo.

"To hear them on about a Mayo/Roscommon Connacht final, it was very disrespectful to Galway, a county with so much tradition and so much success before, just to be written off completely," he recalls.

"Everyone knows a Galway/Mayo game can go any way ... we showed it down in Castlebar that night, we had so much to prove to everyone."

And now, after their two-game joust with Roscommon, come Tipp. "We want to see what this team can really produce," he explains. "I think the lads will just eat it up now, coming into Croke Park ... it'll be a massive experience for them. I think everyone will look to drive it on and just step it up another gear."

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