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Friday 9 December 2016

Player burnout affected Dessie Farrell’s troops

DUBLIN U21

Dublin U-21 boss Dessie Farrell. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE
Dublin U-21 boss Dessie Farrell. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

DESSIE FARRELL revealed his personal experiences of a recent case of player burnout yesterday at the launch of a GPA-led report designed to prevent it.

Farrell’s Dublin under 21 side were beaten by Tipperary by two points in the Eirgrid All-Ireland U21FC semi-final last Saturday and the GPA chief revealed: “Coming up to the game last week there was one player who came up and said ‘I feel shit’.

“So I said ‘what’s wrong with you?’ He said ‘We have exams on at the minute, I have been up late studying and I’ve just no energy’.

“He had the wherewithal to come and say it, how many fellas feel like that on a regular basis but actually don’t flag it with you?”

Farrell explained that senior inter-county managers would be consulted with regards to the content of the report but that some are certain to be less receptive than others.

“It’s a pity that more of them aren’t freely willing to engage. I think it’s rooted in a sense of suspicion that if they are talking to us they might be giving away secrets or something like that,” Farrell said.

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