« on: September 24, 2013, 09:35:23 PM »
Joe Sheridan, Brian Farrell (Meath footballer of the year 2012), Peadar Byrne, Caoimhin King and Brian Dillon all dropped. Brian, Joe and Peadar were great players for Meath, there is no doubt when we look back on the decade that was the 2000's in Meath they'll be the men we talk about, not to mention Nigel Crawford, Cian Ward and Seamus Kenny. I think I'll definitely miss seeing them come next summer. Not much in the way of silverware but there were a few games along the way that warmed the heart. I just hope we aren't letting these lads go too early.
I have often said in a way I feel we are still producing footballers for a different era and I think them lads might have done better if the game was played as it was in the 90's. With the look of the Dublin team I'm not all that surprised by a move towards younger players. We had a minor team in the All-Ireland final last year and some of those lads will be starting to mature. I think Mick wants to mould them early on and them make his own.
That said the Dublin teams are well honed athletes especially their minors from last year, lorded over our lads who really looked their age. I don't think I've seen a Meath team ever take the field that were as gymed or athletic looking as the likes of Dublin, Donegal or Cork. Not that that is what makes an A-I winner but it's getting harder to win without it. Where's the beef as the yanks might say.
It's a wonder if Shane O'Rourke might see the Meath jersey again at this rate. Cian Ward is doing great stuff at club level but I wonder if Mick is even going to look in his direction.