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Retiring At 30?

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Surprised to see Geaney hanging up the boots. To me, he's still only about 23 or so; how time flies. Is 30 too young? Assuming no injuries and assuming family or job not getting in the way (two big assumptions), what's a realistic upper age limit for inter-county footballers in today's game?

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 680 - 24/11/2019 23:14:04    2251217

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Replying To essmac:  "Surprised to see Geaney hanging up the boots. To me, he's still only about 23 or so; how time flies. Is 30 too young? Assuming no injuries and assuming family or job not getting in the way (two big assumptions), what's a realistic upper age limit for inter-county footballers in today's game?"
Its Mikey Geaney whos retired not Paul. Never really understood how he was on the county panel in the first place. Surely woyuld have been under pressure to make panel next year

sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 367 - 25/11/2019 09:51:53    2251251

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Replying To sourmilk93:  "Its Mikey Geaney whos retired not Paul. Never really understood how he was on the county panel in the first place. Surely woyuld have been under pressure to make panel next year"
Ya, I'd say the talent coming through was a big part of his decision. Paidi Clifford is likely to be on the panel for next year, so he'd have a fair few ahead of him in the pecking order.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 676 - 25/11/2019 10:15:22    2251258

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Replying To essmac:  "Surprised to see Geaney hanging up the boots. To me, he's still only about 23 or so; how time flies. Is 30 too young? Assuming no injuries and assuming family or job not getting in the way (two big assumptions), what's a realistic upper age limit for inter-county footballers in today's game?"
Mikey was riddled with injuries true his Kerry career and I'd say that he saw there was good younger lads snapping at his heals so he called it a day . Although 30 is very young all right.

gallarus14 (Kerry) - Posts: 114 - 25/11/2019 18:27:42    2251385

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Replying To essmac:  "Surprised to see Geaney hanging up the boots. To me, he's still only about 23 or so; how time flies. Is 30 too young? Assuming no injuries and assuming family or job not getting in the way (two big assumptions), what's a realistic upper age limit for inter-county footballers in today's game?"
maybe you need to ask the misses

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 1021 - 25/11/2019 20:56:06    2251413

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Michael Donnellen was 29 and had 10 good years

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 1021 - 25/11/2019 20:57:25    2251414

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I would say it depends on the player. Some players can go on until theyre 35/36 if they have a good worth while intercounty career, for someone like Mikey who hasn't been a regular and has never really established himself as one of the main men it must ne hard to keep making the commitments year on year. As an Intercounty player and even more so for a county like Kerry there is no such thing as slacking or not giving it your 100%. He may just feel that he doesn't want to make the commitments anymore because maybe he feels like it isn't personally worth it for him anymore? suppose everyone is different and has their own things going on too.

boman11 (Antrim) - Posts: 237 - 28/11/2019 09:41:32    2251907

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Fintan cregg has retired 30 or 31 scored the winner v mayo last year.
U legend.....

OhtobeARossie (Roscommon) - Posts: 1437 - 30/11/2019 11:20:51    2252191

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Even club footballers are retiring at 30; training 2-3 times a week, +/- a game, isn't compatible with holding a job or raising a family. But because one club does it, every club has to do it. We are running to stand still and losing the social side of our games.

befair (Down) - Posts: 185 - 02/12/2019 18:40:46    2252757

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In the hurling cship this year. A lot of the best performers were 30+
B Maher
P Maher
Callanan
Horgan
Reid
Colin Fennelly (got an all star but wasnt in top 6 forwards for me but still had a serious year)
Noel Mcgrath (29 in a few weeks)

All 3 player of the year nominees were 30/31. Has something changed? More games better than training?

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2809 - 03/12/2019 23:32:02    2253086

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Replying To befair:  "Even club footballers are retiring at 30; training 2-3 times a week, +/- a game, isn't compatible with holding a job or raising a family. But because one club does it, every club has to do it. We are running to stand still and losing the social side of our games."
The social aspect has decreased big time but so has the social aspect in general in rural Ireland. We have had lads locally breathalyzed going training or to a game on a Sunday morning.

Very few stick around after games nowdays.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10073 - 05/12/2019 11:18:10    2253339

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Replying To yew_tree:  "The social aspect has decreased big time but so has the social aspect in general in rural Ireland. We have had lads locally breathalyzed going training or to a game on a Sunday morning.

Very few stick around after games nowdays."
Great point that yew_tree.
Rural life is at a standstill due to the drink driving laws.
Clampdown on Sunday mornings in the local area, loads of people bagged on way to mass.

woops (Kerry) - Posts: 2073 - 05/12/2019 15:34:50    2253402

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Replying To woops:  "Great point that yew_tree.
Rural life is at a standstill due to the drink driving laws.
Clampdown on Sunday mornings in the local area, loads of people bagged on way to mass."
I don't condone drink driving but it's overkill in the mornings...people do feel under siege. You could do everything right, leave the car at the pubs be get a taxi home...go pick it up the next day and get bagged.

Meanwhile the elephant in the room...drugs which are rife in every town across the country is out of control. Fights, boy racers, drugs, break ins....no cops to be seen...but they are like an army on the roads.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10073 - 05/12/2019 18:53:10    2253446

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