HIS FATHER, OFFALY HERO TOMAS CONNOR: "My dad is a massive influence on my football career. I've hopefully converted him over to a Kildare man at this stage but I think he'd be happy either way (whoever wins when Kildare face Offaly this Sunday). He was finished playing inter-county when I was growing up, but I would remember him playing club level and stuff throughout Kildare. I have seen videos of him playing - I suppose he's quite similar to myself, the way he played."
LIFTING SAM WITH OFFALY:
"When he started out with Offaly, it was pretty much the same (as Kildare today). They were taken over by Eugene McGee and at the starting point they couldn't win any games either and they built up every year. It took them six years to win an All-Ireland, so it wasn't just done overnight. Like ourselves -- we're building to a point and hopefully we can get there this year."
KILDARE'S 2012 MISSION:
"We really do want to set out and win something this year. As you do every year, but I think this year in particular we really do want to win a Leinster or an All-Ireland."
THE NEW SQUARE-BALL RULE:
"It just takes the emphasis off worrying about trying to stay out of the square. I don't think it's going to change the game dramatically. It helps the referees alright."