Murphy facing another possible club versus country clash

READY FOR IT: Ireland captain Michael Murphy and manager Paul Earley in Croke Park yesterday for the GAA Go International Rules Series press conference. Ireland face Australia in Perth on Nov 22.

Ireland International Rules captain Michael Murphy said it would be wrong of him to consider a club versus country clash ahead of Glenswilly’s Donegal final against St Eunan’s on Sunday.

Should they win that game, Glenswilly will face Fermanagh’s Roslea a week later in an Ulster quarter-final. Win that and they have a provincial semi-final on the same day Ireland are to play a trial game in Melbourne.

“It could happen, it was the same last year,” he said in reference to when Glenswilly and Ireland fixtures clashed.

“There’s no point trying to speculate at the moment. I don’t like to say we’ll make it up as we go along but we’ll communicate with the Ireland manager and communicate with the club manager. You balance club and county football all year, now it’s balancing club football and international football. There is a big game this weekend with the club first, hopefully we get over that and see what way it goes.”

Murphy is at pains not to be rude to St Eunan’s, Glenswilly’s local rivals. “We’ll be going in as underdogs. It’s very disrespectful to be chatting about anything that is in a couple of weeks. It is a big county final for our club.”

As Murphy awaits the appointment of Jim McGuinness’ successor, he is adamant Donegal won’t return to the bad days prior to the Glenties man’s appointment.

“You can’t think that way. Obviously, the standards have been set for us as players.

“Whoever the new manager is, he will have to maintain those standards. If not, he will have to raise them a little bit higher. Everybody points to the age profile of the squad. Some people might think that it might be getting on a bit, but I would like to think that the experience of the last number of years, and the experience that we have gained as a team will put us in good stead for the next number of years.”


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