Money should never be an issue, says Menton

Meath defender Bryan Menton insists they don’t need a slice of rivals Dublin’s vast sponsorship pie to catch upon the All-Ireland champions.

A top official in neighbouring Kildare has called for a pooling of all sponsorship income to avoid Dublin entering a financial league of their own.

But Menton, part of the Meath side that led Dublin by two at half-time in this year’s Leinster final, says he has no problem with the present arrangement. He claimed on an individual player level, money shouldn’t be an issue and suggested that, as things stand, Meath aren’t that far away from Dublin anyhow.

“I don’t think it (sponsorship) should be spread around,” said Menton. “Sponsorship is sponsorship, it’s for that club or county, that’s the way it works. They’re the capital county and they’re All-Ireland holders at the moment. They’re always going to get that limelight, that sponsorship. Realistically, I don’t think it’s needed that much (by players). You play football. Money shouldn’t be that much of an issue.”

Menton agreed Meath let slip a great chance at provincial success this year, eventually losing to Dublin by seven points after a late flurry of score concessions. Since then, Meath manager Mick O’Dowd has overhauled his panel, axing experienced stars like Joe Sheridan, Brian Farrell and Peadar Byrne in favour of youth. He’s also been boosted by an assurance star full-forward Stephen Bray will continue along with the return of long-term injury victim Shane O’Rourke.

“You hear about this money situation and the set-up that Dublin have and what not but, realistically, between Meath and Dublin there’s always going to be that (rivalry),” said Menton.

“I think everyone in Meath believes they can always beat Dublin. I think people in Dublin have a little bit of fear at the same time.

“I think it’s really on the day between Meath and Dublin every time they meet so I don’t think they’re that far ahead.”

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