In the aftermath of their defeat to Wexford in the All-Ireland qualifiers, Offaly hurling manager Eamonn Kelly admitted to RTÉ Sport that some of the best players in the county are not committing to the Faithful cause.

This prompted a strong reaction from analysts Eddie Brennan and Tomás Mulcahy who stated that lads should not have to be "begged" to play for their county and that it's a natural progression that one should do so.

"Everybody should be aiming to wear their county colours," said Mulcahy.

The pair also stressed the importance of developing structures to ensure that success follows success within counties where standards may have dropped in recent times.