|Dublin GAA star Barry Cahill|
There's another lesson for the GAA with the announcement that Dublin star Barry Cahill has called it a day as an inter-county footballer.
After 11 years in the famous blue jersey, and with a cherished All-Ireland medal in his possession, Barry has decided that enough is enough.
In a statement released via those fine men in the GPA, Cahill said, “Having played 11 championship seasons with Dublin, I now feel the time is right to hang up my inter-county boots. I must also consider the development of my career outside of football.”
Those who know him well say that Barry has become disillusioned with the constant need for medical help to cope with the demands of modern day football.
A bad ankle injury has seen him taking injections just to get through training sessions in recent years, and enough is now clearly enough.
Cahill will be missed. He had yet to play for new boss Jim Gavin, but he would have been a useful player to have in the Dublin dressing room come the summer.
Like every player he can be and will be replaced, but Cahill is one of the last of a dying breed.
Few of those embarking on inter-county careers with the top teams now will last beyond five or six seasons at the highest level, such are the demands on the very best players. That is something the GAA needs to look at.
And the likes of Barry Cahill, 11 years a proud Dub, will be well worth talking to.
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