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Tommy Freeman

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No sign of Tommy returning this year. Has he officially retired? If so I think he deserves a few posts in his honour!

supermon (Monaghan) - Posts: 1068 - 01/04/2014 12:45:54    1568448

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Let's hope he's not retired so we can hold off on the plaudits for a couple of more years. I think he still has a lot to contribute as a starting player. The football brain never goes away and last year he didn't really look to have lost too much of his pace in the game time he had. I think the two years after the 2010 Ulster final loss probably sickened him a bit. I hope he sticks with it - remember Peter Canavan had to wait until the latter stages of his career to finally get across the line and he must have doubted that it would ever happen.

rcarragh (Dublin) - Posts: 299 - 01/04/2014 14:29:24    1568534

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There has been no word of him this year though..Is he training with the county or anything?

supermon (Monaghan) - Posts: 1068 - 02/04/2014 12:40:03    1569177

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rcarragh, I definitely disagree that if Tommy were to stay on he'd be an automatic starter. He's been a fantastic servant to us for many years, but time doesn't stand still for anyone and we have to look to the future with the young forwards we have coming through. However he would still be a great option for us off the bench, and what better player for the young forwards to learn off in training. However he owes us nothing and I wish him all the best whatever he does.

patk (Monaghan) - Posts: 863 - 02/04/2014 14:33:54    1569300

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I dunno, I think tommy has more in him at his age. Look at coulter and Canavan. I just feel tommy hasn't had the chance to show his best over last few years due to injury etc. really hope he could give it another year.

If he decides to call it a day that's fair enough. Like you said he has been a fantastic servant to monaghan. One of the greats. I would hate to have him leave without some sort of plaudits. Look at the fuss made over other GAA retirees of late. I would rate tommy up there with the best if them.

supermon (Monaghan) - Posts: 1068 - 02/04/2014 15:35:47    1569364

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without doubt 1 of the all time great monaghan footballers, he got on with the game and he didn't feel the need to run to the papers and TV to give his opinion on every issue.

i personally if I was tommy I would retired after the high of last year. hes nothing left to prove in the game whereas if he came back he wouldn't be guaranteed a starting place.

I would love to see him win another club championship before he retires.

mick2007 (Monaghan) - Posts: 265 - 02/04/2014 18:05:15    1569509

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Agree totally, a wonderful player. I think there is still a bit left in him, certainly 15 minutes off the bench at least. At his peak he was one of the best in Ireland and was such an exciting player, full of speed and danger every time he got the ball.Look at the lift he gave the crowd any time he came on as a sub this past couple of years. His point in the Ulster final last year is certainly one of the most memorable moment from that great day.I know there are younger forwards on the panel and I would be all for giving youth its chance but when you have a classy player like that I would definitely have him involved! If he has played his last game for Monaghan, thanks Tommy for all the great moments, total commitment and class you brought to the county!

sporto (Monaghan) - Posts: 133 - 04/04/2014 15:18:49    1570418

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Sporto, you are right, Tommy Freeman entering the fray during a championship game has always lifted the team and the crowd and has been the turning point in a number of games, most notably against Antrim in 2012 when things were looking dodgy for a while. His point in Ulster Final last year was really the icing on the cake for me that day. Was delighted for him that he got that point. I thought he put in a solid performance anytime he played last year.

supermon (Monaghan) - Posts: 1068 - 04/04/2014 16:11:54    1570445

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Any news on Tommy? Is he back training, otherwise as regards joining the panel, it must be close to the "point of no return". He would certainly be a massive boost, especially in wake of Conor's injury!

Monaghan Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 397 - 13/05/2014 11:15:42    1586904

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Any news on Tommy? Is he back training, otherwise as regards joining the panel, it must be close to the "point of no return". He would certainly be a massive boost, especially in wake of Conor's injury!

Monaghan Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 397 - 13/05/2014 11:49:05    1586919

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I don't think he is, I think we would have heard something by now.

supermon (Monaghan) - Posts: 1068 - 13/05/2014 11:52:22    1586923

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I don't think Tommy is too pushed to come back for a place on the bench which is all he would be getting in fairness.

seanie08 (Monaghan) - Posts: 1465 - 13/05/2014 14:48:54    1587041

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Was talking to him in Dooleys the other night and he was saying he only concentrating on his club this year.

Midlu1 (Louth) - Posts: 790 - 13/05/2014 16:46:44    1587132

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Was in Cloghan last night, now was only at a distance but i thought I seen Tommy out training with the senior lads? Can anyone confirm if he is back in the fold?

TheStatsMan (Monaghan) - Posts: 9 - 21/05/2014 10:08:42    1591134

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I would assume this is true because once Conor got injured who else would have the scoring capacity to fire Monaghan to another Ulster title & with a bit of luck an All Ireland ? Tommy is still doing the business for his club and hopefully he can still do it for Monaghan.

BigMick (Monaghan) - Posts: 3 - 21/05/2014 10:17:42    1591139

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Would love this to be true but I seriously doubt it. Do agree with one thing without McManus we don't have any other top class scoring forward who can provide the regular 5/6 points a winning team needs. McCarron looks decent prospect but think its a year too soon to be pinning our hopes on him.

seanie08 (Monaghan) - Posts: 1465 - 21/05/2014 15:14:36    1591401

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Similarly it's a couple of seasons too late to expect Tommy to fill the void on his own.

As I've said before, he'd be a great option if he back onto the panel, but we also have to be realistic about things too. Simply put a few players will have to step up with extra scores rather than just one.

patk (Monaghan) - Posts: 863 - 21/05/2014 15:24:50    1591414

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Very true Jack is one or two years off being there and Tommy is the same, only the other end of the scale. Think the team is in a good place to make up the scores that Conor would get through. In the league we had loads of different scorers. Tommy would still add to the panel but like I said before I don't think he sees that kind of role as being enough to come back for. Whats the word on Owen Duffy, he could prove an able deputy for McManus on his day.

seanie08 (Monaghan) - Posts: 1465 - 21/05/2014 16:39:41    1591474

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I dunno lads, tommy is if the same ilk as Benny Coulter who hasn't been a mainstay in the set up over the last few years, but he was used to good effect last Sunday. If tommy is fit I don't see what the problem is?? Class and experience is class and experience. Any loss of speed is made up for with experience.

supermon (Monaghan) - Posts: 1068 - 21/05/2014 17:12:39    1591487

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Conor Mccarthy ????

prideof85 (Monaghan) - Posts: 757 - 21/05/2014 17:24:31    1591494

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