Frustrated O'Loughlin hints at stepping down

July 24, 2019

Laois supporters want to see their county do well in both codes

Laois under-20 manager Billy O’Loughlin is frustrated by the GAA rule stating that any player that plays county senior is not eligible for the last of the underage grades.

O’Loughlin had to do without two players for the earlier rounds of the Leinster under-20 football championship as they played senior for Laois.

“Unless they change the rule, I wouldn’t be in a position to hold this job again because some of the under-20’s next year, the likes of Dean Brophy, Mark Barry, Sean O’Flynn, they’re all underage. The rule that the GAA made, it’s not a rule that Laois made, it’s a rule that the GAA made,” O’Loughlin stressed to the Leinster Express.

“That’s not John Sugrue’s fault, he’s picking the best players in Laois and some of them are under-20, but it’s absolutely killing me, as you could see against Dublin.”

He added: “I just think some of the clubs are not producing players where we need to come from. There’s none from their of the Arles’ (Killeen or Kilcruise), there was nobody from Graigue (Cullen), nobody from Stradbally, nobody from Crettyard and I think, going forward, the clubs will have to take a look at maybe joining together at underage so we can produce more players.”

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