Feeney up for battle

For every Kevin McManamon there’s a Richie Feeney.

Castlebar Mitchels clubman Feeney has become Mayo’s go-to guy off the bench. Capable of playing in every position from two to 12, he extended his portfolio in the recent county SFC, occupying the full-forward berth. It’s come at a cost, though. He’s seen as a firefighter to problems and while his Dublin equivalent McManamon comes on to kick big scores, Feeney is typically called to stop the opposition. A tough task to get your head around?

“You can’t go out to train, thinking you will be a sub, you have to push yourself to get on the team, that’s how a squad works,” said Feeney, named on the bench once again for this weekend’s game with Roscommon.

“You need to keep an eye on the game and read it how you see it.

“Whoever is on the pitch might not be able to see what you can see from the stand and you might be able to have an impact on the game when you have the chance to come on.”

Given his role, does that lead to added pressure when he comes on?

“I don’t think there’s any more pressure than a fella starting, maybe even less. Someone could get injured in the first couple of minutes and you could be on and play the whole game.”

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