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Wexford hurling boss Liam Dunne says dual status no longer an option

Updated: Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 17:26 | Comments

Lee Chin played hurling and football for Wexford last year, but has committed himself to hurling for 2014
Lee Chin played hurling and football for Wexford last year, but has committed himself to hurling for 2014

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Wexford hurling manager Liam Dunne has suggested that the pressures of inter-county championships mean that the day of the dual player is at an end.

“The day of the Teddy McCarthys, I think [are nearly finished],” Dunne told RTÉ News.

“The Championships have changed. There’s back-doors and side-doors and trap-doors and everything now.

“It’s not like years ago where a team played in the football championship, they got knocked out, and then you could concentrate on the hurling. There’s such a demand on players now.”

Dunne’s views were echoed by former Wexford manager, Liam Griffin, who  said that he thought dual status didn’t work at senior inter-county level.

“It’s a nice idea, but in practical terms it doesn’t work" - Liam Griffin

“I don’t think the dual thing is an option for players when you get to senior inter-county level. I don’t think it’s an option.

“It’s a nice idea, but in practical terms it doesn’t work, because neither the player nor the management or the rest of the team are happy with that situation. So, it doesn’t really work, and there’s no point in us kidding ourselves that it does.”

Wexford star Lee Chin played senior football and hurling last year, but has committed himself to hurling only this year.

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