Persistent injury problems prevented Darran O'Sullivan from playing a major part in Kerry's 37th All-Ireland Championship title win.
The 28-year-old wants to get himself right physically this year though and is committing to it full time. And when full time commitment is required, you don't have the eight hours or more a day needed for something like a job.
O'Sullivan handed in his notice to his employer of the last seven years, Ulster Bank.
Talking to the Irish Times, the 2009 All-Ireland winning captain said:
But I’m looking at my football career: I’m 28 now, there aren’t too many years left, so I just wanted to get the most out of it. And the job just wasn’t suiting me. I was there seven years, had a great time, learnt a lot, but I just couldn’t see my future there, and it just wasn’t ideal in terms of getting my body right. I knew I needed to focus more time on it, to properly rehab.
The Glenbeigh man is not the first Kerry player in recent years to choose his inter-county career over something as seemingly essential as making money.
In 2006, Declan O'Sullivan quit his job with Powerade to concentrate on getting his form back. The Dromid Pearses player captained Kerry that year and scored 1-2 in the final against Mayo.
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