Galvin wants minor schedule changed to avoid long breaks

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Galvin wants minor schedule changed to avoid long breaks

The Kingdom played three games en route to annexing the Munster title earlier this year; a gap of 12-and-a-half weeks separating their opening round fixture against Clare and the provincial final victory on July 6.

Indeed, the Kingdom minors were afforded a nine-week run-in to the game following their semi-final triumph against Tipperary in May.

The All-Ireland quarter-final joust with Kildare arrived four weeks subsequent to the Cork scalp and Galvin says a more compact format is required.

“It is very spaced out,” he stressed. “You have county championship ongoing and then obviously the Leaving Cert took up a fair chunk of it. You don’t get your hands on the players for a significant amount of time in between games. After every weekend where we were out in championship there was a round of county championship. That is the week after the game gone and even the week before the game you are not doing a whole pile. I would say the minor schedule is too spaced out.”

Jack O’Connor was appointed to the role of minor manager last October in a bid to end the county’s 20-year wait for All-Ireland glory and Galvin says it is a privilege to work with the three-time All-Ireland-winning senior boss.

“He is easy to work with, he is very good with the players. He must be close to the most successful football manager of the last 30 years. I am on a learning curve, so when he asked me to get involved, I jumped at the chance.

“We all get a say, we all have a voice. We have our disagreements and arguments. If we were all agreeing, I don’t know would that be good. Jack runs the line, but we are all in constant communication. If you have something to say, you don’t stand back, you say it. He will either agree or disagree. You must back up your own opinion and while it might lead to a cross word, it is all in the best interests of the team.”

Galvin added: “Mayo won the All-Ireland last year, but I believe our lads are of good character. A lot of them won Hogan Cup medals this year. It is comforting to know they won an All-Ireland up there in Croke Park this spring. Micheál Burns came on in the All-Ireland club football semi-final for Dr Crokes.

“Barry O’Sullivan is a great leader. I think there are a good number of leaders on the team — Burns, Tomás O Sé, Shane Ryan, Killian Spillane and Matthew Flaherty. You have less vocal lads like Brian Begley who does his talking on the field. They are all confident in their own ability.

“They don’t doubt themselves. That will be the test the next day and I think the mental character of our team will come to the surface.”

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