Kerry won’t know what hassle Ó Sé has caused them until 2pm on Sunday, but Young says Ó Sé’s harsh words have provided them with grease for their wheels.
“No, he did not [do his county any favours], and I am surprised he said what he did,” said Young. “I would not agree with him. If you look at Cork, they beat us by 11 points in the league, they are a lot fitter with Pat Flanagan involved, they will have worked a lot harder, they will be ready. The rumours from over the border is that they have been running since last November, so they will be a lot fitter and that was shown in their league campaign as well.
“I don’t know what Tomás was doing; he is not part of the group anymore, so I disagree with his comments. Myself and Marc were laughing already about it, saying that he is trying to make a bit of money for himself, but his comments would not be shared by the squad or management. We know that we will meet a fired-up Cork on Sunday.”
Kerry’s winning performance over Tipperary last month was far from perfect, yet Young said they showed enough of a clinical edge to beat them.
“I suppose that was aided by Tipperary, who were doing a lot of talking and talking themselves up a lot, and it got our attention.”
As Sunday draws near, Cork are hardly singing from the rooftops about their own chances, much like Kerry had little to shout about this time 12 months ago. It’s a role reversal.
“I think we are in a better position than we were this time last year, but, like us, I believe that Cork are in a better position, so, I suppose that adds to the enjoyment of a Munster final, because nobody knows how the other side are prepared or what game-plan they might adopt. That means that anything could happen on Sunday.”
Training behind closed doors only adds to the suspense, says Young. “I think that is the reason why people look forward to games now, because nobody outside the camps knows [how teams are going].”
Young has seen fellow bank officials Darran O’Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy take career breaks to concentrate on their football this year, but the Bank of Ireland employee would never follow suit.
Recently, he had a chat with Northampton-Saints-bound JJ Hanrahan in the Castleisland branch, where he is based.
“What kind of shocked me was that I was behind the counter working away and he was outside the counter, so I was working and he wasn’t. So the difference is that he is getting recovery and I am not. Money doesn’t enter the equation. The way I look at it, is that I have to look at my entire career within football and outside of it. My career [job] is very important to me and to my family, so I do set boundaries, because football will not pay the bills in 10 years’ time or now. My professional career that I am pursuing is very important and I won’t sacrifice that for football. Others have different opinions, but that is where I stand on it.”
That applies even if the professional demands and requirements such as drug testing are par for the course as an inter-county player. The recent case in Monaghan was an eye-opener, though Young has always been vigilant and has a pharmacist to rely on.
“I take it that his licence to practise that he has up on his wall gives me the confidence to trust him, implicitly. I will tell you this: If I am nailed, he is going down with me, because if you can’t trust your pharmacist, who is qualified in these matters, then who can you trust? But I never take risks with anything I have to take and that comes from the way we have been educated. I am very careful and you have to be careful.”