"I've seen stars on a number of occasions"

December 16, 2017

Mayo's Alan Dillon dejected.
©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

Recently retired Mayo forward Alan Dillon has spoken about some of the head injuries he picked up during his playing career.

Speaking on the RTÉ Saturday Sport show, Dillon opened up about one injury in particular that he suffered during his native Ballintubber's county final defeat to Ballaghaderreen five years ago. 

"When you play on the edge, you're putting your head in where actually you shouldn't," said the eight-time Connacht SFC winner. "Unfortunately, I've seen stars on a number of occasions and probably had to put my hand up and look for rescue on the sideline.

"I remember in a county final against Ballaghaderreen in 2012, I got a bad knock against, I think it was James Kilcullen, who was like an unmovable object in all fairness. I went up to take the next free, I'll never forget it. I could see the goalposts but I couldn't actually see where I was dropping the ball. I waved the white flag then and unfortunately, we got beaten on the day.

"Your threshold then over the next number of years, there were very subtle changes in terms of the significant hits that I was receiving. You'd be dazed for a couple of minutes."

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