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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dessie on...

GROWING UP IN A FOOTBALL-MAD HOUSE

"Dad would always encourage me to play Gaelic. To be honest, if I wanted to be a golfer, he would have supported that -- but there was so much Gaelic stuff going on. Eamon Coleman would have been in our house an awful lot; he would have brought Sam Maguire down when I was 12 or 13. We used to go up to the Derry games in Croke Park, so he was a huge influence as well. The two of them (Dessie Snr and Eamon) would stay up talking about football all night, and you'd just sit and listen."

HIS WESTMEATH FUTURE

"I don't really know. It's going to be hard, because Division Two is obviously very, very competitive. When you get that bit older, other factors come into your life -- married now, trying to keep everything going, but you just wonder realistically what can we achieve? It's just disappointing that we've gone back. A couple of years ago we had built to a decent level, and I think we're slipping back down the ladder again. There is a nice bunch of young players there and that would nearly make me stay on if we could actually help them out."

WHERE FOOTBALL IS HEADING

"You see Dublin are investing a million euro with their county teams. Westmeath? It's not anything close ... realistically there are only a handful of teams going to win it every year now. And it used to be hurling that was like that, but I think football is going to go that way as well, if it's not rectified."

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