TJ Reid brushes off Ger Loughnane’s ‘gutless’ Galway barbs

TJ Reid thinks little of Ger Loughnane’s claim Galway are a gutless group of players. 

The Kilkenny star won a ninth Leinster title when Galway were put to the sword on Sunday, the third championship win over the Tribesmen in 12 months, but his regard for them remains high – much higher than the former Galway manager.

“I heard the comments,” said Reid, whose side was referred to as “functional” by Loughnane prior to the start of the championship. “I’m only focused on Kilkenny and our performance and it doesn’t bother me what journalists say. I suppose Ger seems to come out with a few critical comments even about ourselves as well. That’s his view on it and he can talk away Galway are a very good team and they’ll be back. In the first-half, they dominated the game and I’m sure they have things to work on like ourselves. Every team has things to work on.”

Kilkenny players have been released back to their clubs ahead of championship games this weekend. It cuts into the five-week gap the Cats have prior to their All-Ireland semi-final date on August 7.

Reid would prefer more championship games but not at the expense of his club Ballyhale Shamrocks.

“You would, of course, but there’s no way you’d fit it in with the club. The club structure is very important. I wouldn’t be playing inter-county if it wasn’t for my club. We’ve a game this week so the club facility has to be looked after as well because the boys in the club, I don’t think they’ve played a game for eight weeks. You would start to see more players head off to San Fran then and those sort of things. You’d be losing more players then and you can’t be having that.”

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