"Eddie had me bought and sold after two seconds"

July 09, 2019

Laois manager Eddie Brennan celebrates with Ross King after the All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final victory over Dublin at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Ross King has revealed how Eddie Brennan used sugar cubes to entice him back into the Laois hurling fold.

King withdrew from the O’Moore County squad and missed the national league after an incident during last year’s county SHC final left his with broken teeth but accepted Kilkenny man Brennan’s second invitation to rejoin. It’s been a successful reunion as the midlanders won the Joe McDonagh Cup before beating famously Dublin last Sunday to qualify for an All-Ireland quarter-final meeting with Tipperary this weekend:

“We met up in the Horse & Jockey Hotel,” he told The Irish Independent. “He asked me in and when I saw his enthusiasm for it I said I’d take it with two hands.

“He was just pure mad for Laois hurling. He gave me a full lowdown of every tactic they had played all year, went through the whole thing. We were there for two hours and Eddie spoke for an hour and 55.

“We were drinking coffee and the bowl of sugar cubes was in front of us and he was going through puck-out strategies and game plans using the sugar cubes. Eddie had me bought and sold after two seconds.”

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