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Interview with Senior Footballer Peter O'Connell

posted 24 Jan 2014, 15:23 by Sallins GAA Club

They say experience is the key to success! Well one man who most definitely does have experience in a Sallins GAA jersey is senior footballer Peter O'Connell! Here is what he had to say about the season ahead when I caught up with him after the teams' first training of the new campaign on Tuesday! 

"Delighted to be back! Good to see such a big turnout too, something like 35 lads which is incredible and hopefully we'll be able to maintain that level of attendance throughout the season but I mean it's up to each individual. There's a good base of players this year with a couple of senior lads coming back, the likes of Pat Winders and of course 'Beano' has said he'll play at least one more season, so there's a good mix and it's up to the senior players to bring the younger players along!"

Peter mentioned the younger players coming through and he spoke of how it adds extra competiton for places in the team and shows the strength in depth! But he was also sure to point out he's more than ready to fight for his place!

"I'm looking forward to the challenge, I'm looking forward to being pushed all the way! Everyone knows across the county that competition for places adds extra motivation and also a good atmosphere within the camp, but I certainly wont be giving my place up that easy!" 

Finally, O'Connell spoke highly of the new managment staff Peter Behan and Stephen Doyle who guided Sallins to Intermediate Championship success in 2003, insisting that they are just what the club needs at the minute!

"They're winners. And winners know how to win! They showed that in 2003 when we won the Intermediate Championship, they had a very good mentality and a good bond with the players and I mean, they know how to get the best out of the lads and there are still a few of us on the current panel who played in 2003 and hopefully we can do the same thing again this year with Peter and Stephen in place!"

Eoin Beatty - Assistant PRO