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Published: 09:49 | 19/4/16

Greed behind Bastick's decision to carry on

Denis Bastick admits greed played a part in his decision to extend his inter-county career by another year.

Speaking in the wake of Dublin's All-Ireland SFC success last September, Bastick hinted that retirement was on the cards, admitting the level of commitment needed to play at the top of the sport was beginning to take its toll.

With a third All-Ireland medal secured it seemed the perfect time for him to bow out, but the Templeogue Synge Street man opted to carry on and is now preparing for Sunday's Allianz Football League final at Croke Park.

When asked why he decided to extend his career, Bastick said: "Greed! Like, why does any sportsperson, why do Kilkenny stay coming back and winning?

"It doesn't get any less appealing to win and All-Ireland, that hunger, that's always there. That stays there.

"Maybe it was the right time, starting an All-Ireland final last year and winning, to step away. Maybe that was the right time to go but for me at the moment, I'm enjoying playing football, I'm enjoying playing on the team, being involved in that group, it's a special place. It's a great place to be.

"It was a huge decision, a huge decision for me. Time will tell whether it's the right one overall."

Bastick turns 35 next month but he believes he can still add something to the team.

"It was my own decision. I had to weigh up what was right for me," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun. "It was a case of do I have something to contribute to the team?

"That was the biggest question for me.

"Can I add something? Can I add value to the team and the group? I felt I could and that's why I'm still here."

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