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Former Meath footballer Joe Sheridan claims many players are growing tired of the demands of playing inter-county football.
Sheridan, who called time on his inter-county career last month, fears players for weaker counties could quit the sport due to the level of commitment required.
Speaking to LMFM, Sheridan said: “Lads are nearly detesting playing inter-county football. It might be a strong word but you’re playing and training the whole time, you’re taking a lot of time out of your own life.
“It’s coming to a point where you’re saying, ‘Do I really want to do it?’ It’s hard for the lower teams who play every single year and are beaten in the Championship.
“They’ve 30-35 lads doing nearly the exact same training as the other teams and getting very little out of it.
“When I started off, no lad would ever leave the Meath squad. It was unheard of. If you bought in, the only reason you left was if you were dropped.
“These days, lads have different commitments. That’s just the way life has gone. The world is a lot smaller, lads travel for college, for work.
“You can’t begrudge a lad for going and doing these things because they have to look at their life experiences and life outside of football.”
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