Murphy: Skill factor still vital part of game

Donegal captain Michael Murphy disagrees with Colm Cooper’s view that the more skilful footballer is being ousted in modern Gaelic football.

The Kerry forward last week said it’s “an unwritten requirement” to be “6ft 4ins and built like a tank” but last year’s All-Ireland winning skipper begs to differ.

“If I had the skill of Colm Cooper I wouldn’t be complaining. Even more so in the modern game I think there is room for every type of player if you look at the ways team are setting up. It could be a creative player to pick holes, a powerful player to win ball or an athletic player to get up and down the pitch so there is room for every type of player in a squad and I think squads will show that as the summer progresses.”

Ahead of their July 21 Ulster final with Donegal in Clones, Murphy has noticed the pep in Monaghan’s step following their semi-final victory over Cavan at the weekend.

“They spoke after the game and they were very confident about going into an Ulster final and why not, they’ll be playing on their own patch with a massive crowd behind them.”


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