LIMERICK football manager John Brudair has urged the elder statesmen of his panel not to rush into any decision regarding their future.
Last Saturday’s defeat to Sligo brought the curtain down on the 2014 inter-county season.
In his first season in charge, Brudair has spread the net wide to find new talent for Limerick.
However the last number of championship games have shown the importance of experience.
However, a number are now into their second decade on the inter-county scene and may contemplate their futures ahead of next season.
“I just said to them inside in the dressing room that I hope they take their time making a decision because I think everyone of them can still play next year,” said Brudair.
“It’s just a case of having the desire and appetite to do it - there was some savage performances over the last three games by everybody on the panel, both old and young, so I think it’s vital they take time to make the decision and hopefully come back to play for Limerick again,” said the manager.
Croom trio John Galvin, Mark O’Riordan and Stephen Lucey are among the longest serving members of the panel. Defenders Paudie Browne and Pa Ranahan are others.
“We are very disappointed - in the last five or 10 minutes we were really pushing hard to get the equaliser and move on maybe and go for the winner. We had maybe five opportunities in the last few minutes to get those scores but we just didn’t execute any of them and that’s a real killer because they were all well worked opportunities but we needed to nail them.”
Brudair added: “On one opportunity definitely the ref could have given us an easy free 21 yards out - I thought it was an easy free to draw up the game”.
“I think conditions dictated that it was hard to have long controlled periods of play - the game was ebbing and flowing and in any point of contact the ball spilled. It was a messy day for football and it was always going to be a case of who converted more of their chances and Sligo got more.”
The key middle third was lost to Sligo, he accepted.
“They had dominance around the middle in terms of breaking ball - we did very well in that area against Antrim but today we didn’t get the same level of controlled possession from kickouts and therefore we found it harder to build scoring opportunities.”
Brudair was happy with the late charge, though.
“I would have to commended the lads for really pushing hard in that last period and going for it. To get the result we just needed to be calmer and the shots would be there for us.”