In the latest edition of My Icons, a special edition of the RTÉ GAA podcast, Carlow footballer Paul Broderick tells us about failed attempts to dye his hair like Mayo legend Ciarán McDonald's, his admiration for the steely Meath team of the 90s and shares his thoughts on the Tailteann Cup.

When we last spoke to the forward, he was highly sceptical about the 'B competition', which was subsequently voted in by GAA Special congress.

Broderick had concerns that diverting Division 3 and 4 teams to the the Tier 2 competition (which has yet to be played due to the pandemic) rather than the qualifiers could lead to less games for its participants rather than more and deprive them of the chance to go on memorable runs like the Barrow County did in 2017 and '18 when he was nominated for an All-Star.

The 33-year-old retains those concerns for the competition as it is planned but sees some hope in the potential new format incorporating both league and championships. 

In this proposal, to be voted on later this year, counties would qualify for the knockout Sam Maguire or Tailteann Cups based on their league finishing positions, with the provincial championships effectively becoming pre-season tournaments.

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"I wouldn't be completely against the B," said the Tinryland man. "It was just a couple of different formats that were proposed for it. One had you getting into the B and then it's a knockout.

"I think there's huge talent in Carlow for a county as small as we are and the last few years have done that no harm. But you do need games. 

"There's something about the big day, playing the big teams. Yeah we lost to Tyrone or Monaghan but when you see that team progress to a last four or final... or to beat Kildare and they go on to beat Mayo, in a county like Carlow you take huge encouragement from that.

"Whatever version comes out, I would like to see that it doesn't take away the opportunity for people from Carlow to have those experiences.

"I would love to see the league take a bigger part.

"That's enjoyable in the depths of winter, I could imagine what it would be like to play it in better conditions.

"Having your position in that league lead to something, that you've only yourself to blame how far you make it afterwards, that's still presenting a chance, albeit a smaller one, for teams to play against the bigger counties."

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