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Lee Chin Doesn't Have A Job And That's Fine By Him

Lee Chin Doesn't Have A Job And That's Fine By Him

Lee Chin recognises the constantly increasing time demands on inter-county players.

"Every year it seems to be going up another level, it doesn't seem to plateau at all," said the Wexford hurler who was speaking at the launch of eir Sport's Allianz Leagues coverage for 2018.

"I'd imagine it's not the same type of schedule it was ten years ago.

"Every manager, every panel is trying to squeeze every bit out that they can in terms of performance, in terms of attitude, mental toughness; everything is that next little link on the chain.

However, Chin has a great deal more time to improve his game than the majority of players - he doesn't work. That's by choice.

The 25-year-old qualified as a barber. He's previously said that the weekend work did not suit. He was also enrolled in college, twice, most recently at DIT. Chin said last year that it wasn't for him. Though, he would not rule out a return to third level education in the future.

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"Well at the moment I'm at home, I'm not working. I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing at the moment, trying to live as much as a professional lifestyle as I possibly can."

I'm enjoying it. I like having my own time and flexibility to work on whatever I want to work on and do whatever I want to do.

For me, it's nice to be able to do something like that but I can imagine it's very, very tough for other guys who do have work commitments and especially guys that are on the Wexford panel that live in Dublin and have to do a lot of commuting too.

What facilitates Chin's current lifestyle? "Family is a big one," he says.

"My mother at home is very good. She always makes me lovely dinners whenever I want them.

"It's a choice, it's not really about what allows you to do it, it's a choice if you want to do it and make it work within it.

"At the moment, I'm very happy in terms of what I'm doing. I don't really want it to change too soon but I know, in the future, obviously, things will change but for the moment I'm happy with where I'm at.

Undoubtedly, being one of the GAA's most marketable players also helps in terms of earning an income from sponsorship deals.

Chin's choice means he spends the majority of his time training, "trying to improve on the little things".

My life revolves a lot around workouts, field sessions and training collectively but I do a lot of stuff by myself. I do a lot of recovery.

In that regard, you'd imagine that's how a professional sportsman lives. I wouldn't call myself a professional sportsman but I try to live as close to that lifestyle as possible.

Match Night Live on eir sport - Mayo captain Cillian O’Connor, Tiernan McCann of Tyrone, Cork forward Patrick Horgan and Wexford’s Lee Chin were in Dublin as eir sport today announced details of its live coverage of the forthcoming Allianz Leagues which will see 17 games broadcast across seven weekends. eir sport, the home of Saturday night Allianz Leagues action, will feature 17 different counties over the course of its coverage.

See Also: Eir Sport Have Just Announced The 17 Allianz League Games They'll Be Televising

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