Peter Turley bears no ill will towards Down manager Paddy Tally for effectively ending his intercounty career.
Having represented the Mourne County for a decade, the experienced midfield powerhouse was omitted from new boss Tally’s plans for 2019 and has come to terms with the fact that he won’t pull on the Down jersey again:
“Ah, it wasn’t easy to get it, but everybody has to get it at some stage. Paddy wanted to go with the youth this year and I’m fine with that,” the Downpatrick clubman told The Irish News. “I’m 35 now, it is time for the younger boys to come in, but it’s never nice to hear it. I wished Paddy good luck and I hope everything goes well, I really do.
“It’s always been an honour to play for Down, that’s why I said if I was needed I was available. There’s a lot of ex-team-mates in there and a couple from the club, and I think Paddy’s the right man to take them forward. I totally understand why he’s doing it, and there are no hard feelings whatsoever. He needs to introduce boys to get a bit of extra experience - they’re in Division Three this year so it’s the best place for them to learn and get the taste for it.”