Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has called on the Leinster Council to allow his team into Croke Park ahead of their provincial final clash with Dublin later this month.
The Lilywhites easily disposed of Laois in Saturday night’s semi-final, a game that was moved from Croker to Tullamore.
McGeeney believes the Dubs have an advantage of the Leinster decider because they know Croke Park inside out, and he has called on the GAA to lift the training ban at headquarters.
Rugby and soccer teams are allowed to train on the Croker pitch before big games and McGeeney wants the same access for his team.
“We’d be hoping we’re going to get a bit of a training session there because everybody else seems to be able to get a training session in there,” said McGeeney.
“Someone will probably tell me no because we went to it before and we were told we couldn’t even walk on it, which was quite unusual, but hopefully we’ll get a training session in the next two weeks on it.
“I’m not hiding this fact. We’d like the team to train in Croke Park.”
Laois were second best throughout against Kildare on Saturday night and manager Sean Dempsey admitted, “We are very disappointed with our performance. We thought we were well up for the game.
“We were happy with the start, but you have to show more character when we let a goal in. When that happens, you expect a team to be able to lift themselves, but we just drifted and it was very difficult to get a foothold in the game after that.
“We don’t seem to be beaten by a couple of points anymore. We either win or get hammered and that’s not good enough and we hope to address that.”