Liam Watson has lamented the fact the Antrim county board “couldn't even get us all an Antrim hurling bag,” while defending PJ O’Mullan’s decision to step down as manager of the senior team.

With Watson having left the panel prior to their league match with London, and O’Mullan quitting last Friday, morale is low amongst the Saffrons ahead of their Christy Ring match against Kildare on 23 April at Ballycastle.

"I don't like complaining about it, because then people say, 'all you want is a tracksuit', but it's not. We want support."

And while 33-year-old Watson won’t completely rule out a return, he highlights some of the “long-standing” problems within the set-up – most notably the lack of funds.

The naturally gifted Loughgiel forward told The Belfast Telegraph about the problem with player expenses: "We were asked to take pay cuts. What's the point in going out for six nights a week if you know you are having to take a pay cut?

“That's where the whole fun thing comes into it. You just ask, 'what's the point?' I left the panel before the London game. I just wasn't happy with the way things were going."

He added: "We are always being told we would get what we needed, but there would be a cut in it.

"They couldn't even get us all an Antrim hurling bag. We were coming to matches and training in our club stuff and then we are trying to get club rivalry out of the way!

"We asked for gear, but it's stuff from years ago. O'Neill's are our kit makers. You go into their shops and you see there are a pile of nice new hoodies out. Antrim players weren't getting them.

"What's the point in going half-hearted, saying you want Antrim to do well, but not giving the backing?

"I don't know (about returning to the panel). I am far happier at Loughgiel training to be honest. I just think there's no enjoyment at it (county). I am not saying I don't enjoy the players, it's just that you are out six nights a week and I just don't like the situation.

"I don't like complaining about it, because then people say, 'all you want is a tracksuit', but it's not. We want support."

As for the O’Mullan’s decision to step aside, Watson has only sympathy, saying: "I just feel sorry for him with the way Antrim is at the minute. It's not his fault. There is a county board there, and there are no funds."