MJ TIERNEY admits that Laois have bulked up considerably under the stewardship of former Armagh defender Justin McNulty.
And the Parnells clubman has conceded the O’Moore County players had to embrace a more professional approach or face the prospect of being left behind.
McNulty, a 2002 All-Ireland SFC medallist with Armagh, has placed a major emphasis on physical strength and Tierney revealed there is no hiding place for players not willing to comply.
“Justin has brought in a very professional approach and realistically, lads knew themselves that it was getting to the stage where you s**t or get off the pot,” he said.
“This is my fifth year in there and it’s only this year that I’ve put on some good size.
“I’m in there long enough and I really wanted to give it a good go this year and try improve in every way that I could.
“The gym work you do is unscrutinised, you do it in your own time.
“You’re on the field twice a week and once at the weekends so you either do the gym work or you don’t. But you’re going to be found out because there’s testing through the year to see if you have pushed on.”
Tierney is set to play a key role for the beaten Allianz League Division Two finalists in Sunday’s Leinster SFC preliminary round clash with Longford in Portlaoise.
“People have commented on how we’ve put on size,” he said. “We’re only catching up on other teams. We’ve put on size but so have Longford. You see lads like Barden, Mulligan and Kavanagh and they’re after working on it as well.”
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