"It's disappointing that it's not even being considered to be in Mullingar"

October 10, 2019

Westmeath's John Heslin with Jonny Cooper of Dublin

John Heslin says it’s disappointing that Mullingar hasn’t even been considered for next year’s Leinster SFC clash between Westmeath and Dublin.

The provincial quarter-final is set to take place at Croke Park next summer and Lake County star John Heslin reckons the game would benefit from a better atmosphere at Cusack Park.

"Of course, we want to be playing in Mullingar," he told Off The Ball. "But including sport into what Bressie (Niall Breslin, OTB AM co-host) just mentioned, the buzz that it creates for younger people.

"We all know that the Leinster Championship has been one-sided. Westmeath got to two Leinster finals. Perhaps in a different era, we could have won one of those finals.

"I was a young kid when Westmeath won the Leinster Championship in 2004 and that encouraged me to continue in the game. Bringing the likes of Dublin and the stars that they have - and arguably some of the greatest players to have played the game - the buzz that would create for the young kids of Mullingar and Westmeath, you can't even put a value on that.

"It's disappointing that it's not even being considered to be in Mullingar."

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