GAA Digest: Lar Corbett returns to Tipperary team but wants time for fitness
Brogan’s goal, Cooper’s call, Shefflin sure, and GAA shorts
“I don’t see him being anywhere near the Limerick game now, for a lad that hasn’t done anything since February he couldn’t be right.
“We are delighted to have him back in the panel. But team sports are funny. When we were in there, we weren’t speaking about him, it was only outside of it people were asking, ‘Is he coming back?’
“You’d nearly forget about it. I thought there was no hope. The news came out of the blue.”
DUBLIN star Bernard Brogan says his team must improve on their poor league form or risk a rude awakening when they defend their All-Ireland title this summer.
“You have to challenge yourself each year, and after winning one you want to win another,” he told reporters. “The stats are that most teams fail to win back to back.
“It’s not easy and we don’t in any way envisage it is going to be easy, but that’s the end goal. We need to take each game at a time and if we look past Louth or Westmeath we could very easily get our asses handed to us.
“We might have been a bit complacent and lacked a bit of work rate in the league, and that’s where some of the bad results came from.
“We have to go out to every game and give it the same intensity as last year and probably more, another 10 or 15 per cent, because every team will have watched us inside out, know the way we play, so we have to do something different and bring more intensity.”
KERRY star Colm Cooper has called on the GAA to close the gap between championship matches this summer.
The Kingdom captain said, “The biggest problem I have with it all, the games are too drawn out. You could playa Championship match but then not play again for six weeks.
“The system definitely needs tweaking. I know there are club structures that have to be tied in but if you look at soccer, if you get to Champions League you might have two weeks to prepare which is fine.
“But six weeks? How do you keep going or train? The balance isn’t right there at the moment.”
KILKENNY star Henry Shefflin is confident he can return to championship action next month after making his return from a shoulder injury in a club last weekend.
“In another three weeks I’ll probably have a better idea of where I am,” said Shefflin as he steps up his recovery.
“If I can just get a clean run so I don’t get any setbacks or stopping because you don’t want to go for a week and have to stop then for another week and go again.
“It’s just not the way it is but I have to get that run. I haven’t had that run up until now so it’s just to keep that run going and get that hit, get those high intensity training matches.”
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