Sheehan: the modern game is professional

March 05, 2018

Kerry's Bryan Sheehan dejected.
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Reflecting on his decision to retire from inter-county football, Kerry's Bryan Sheehan revealed that he was no longer enjoying his football.

In an in-depth interview with Damian Lawlor on this week's RTE Sport GAA Podcast, the St Mary's, Cahersiveen clubman highlighted his recent struggles with injury and said: "It's hard but at the same time there was something in the back of my head that said now is the time.

"When I weighed all that up it was an awful lot of commitment to make to get the body right just to keep going again. And the way the game is gone, I suppose the other side of it is I wasn't enjoying it.

"It's hard to enjoy it when you are not getting game time. When you are playing for as a long as I have, you see the amount of time you get on the field and all of a sudden you're not getting it, it's difficult.

"At the same time, I knew the time was going to come when there were younger fellas coming in behind me as well. There's a time when you should step aside and give them their time."

He added: "The big thing is I wasn't enjoying my football. To get the body right to compete at that level again was massive. When you put the two together, I said now is the time. I'm happy with it so far."

Listen to the full interview with the five-time All-Ireland winner here…

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