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Published: 11:08 | 10/1/18

McGrath happy to make sacrifices


​John McGrath is happy to make sacrifices if it means he is celebrating another All-Ireland title with Tipperary in September.

In a recent interview, McGarth's former inter-county team-mate Kieran Bergin was critical of the demands put on players, claiming they are asked to 'give up drink for the entire year'.

McGrath accepts players have to make sacrifices during the course of the season, but he insists they can still enjoy a healthy social life alongside their inter-county commitments.

"I think most lads know themselves that if you are coming up to a game you are fooling yourself really if you think you are going to get away with going out and then being able to perform," McGrath is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent.

"You have to look after yourself outside of the game. If not you are probably letting yourself down in that you are not able to perform to your ability. And your team-mates then that are looking after themselves morning, noon and night - you are letting them down as well.

"I think there is just a general understanding between our panel at the moment with what's acceptable and what's not. Once lads stay within reason there's no issue there."

He added: "I think you hear of some panels where that does go on (total drink bans), where they are just completely told 'no' like. I think that's wrong too.

"Like, we will get our few nights out here and there every so often, depending on how our training is fixed up and that. Lads had most of Christmas there to enjoy themselves. I was away on holidays once and twice and that. If you plan it well.

"I'm hoping to be involved until next August with Tipp so between last September and now I've done what I want to do and gone where I want to go."

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