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Offaly County Board Are Not Stopping Hurlers From Playing Football

Offaly County Board Are Not Stopping Hurlers From Playing Football

Contrary to reports that Offaly's senior hurlers would not be released to take part in the county's football championship this weekend, the county board have informed Balls that they "categorically" deny that any such order was in place.

Rumours of such an instruction from the county's hurling manager Kevin Martin aroused anger among many who felt such a limited use of players was to the detriment of Offaly's smaller clubs.

Yet, as former referee and Offaly native Brian Gavin clarified the issue on Midlands 103:

Kevin Martin is not stopping anyone playing football.

What has also happened though is that some players might decide not to play themselves, and want to be in the best condition possible when they go back training with the Offaly hurlers.

Revealing that the Offaly hurlers had three enticing challenge matches between now and their Leinster championship opener against All-Ireland champions Galway, Gavin suggested that the decision was left squarely with the players.

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The Offaly county board have since confirmed this information with Balls.

Yet, certain figures are not necessarily convinced with the arguement that the players have their own say regarding their commitments.

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Former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell weighed in with the approach his own county was taking regarding the club/county divide.

While former Offaly All-Ireland winner Michael Duignan weighed in with his thoughts on the matter.

With four first round matches of the Offaly football championship due to take place this weekend, it remains to be seen how many of the dual players involved decide to carry on playing football in lieu of their hurling commitments.

After a strong start to their Allianz Hurling League campaign with a memorable defeat of Dublin in Croke Park, Martin's side struggled to put together a convincing run of form.

However, after a tight defeat to Kilkenny in the quarter-final of the League, cautious optimism is the current mood around Offaly hurling.

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