WATERFORD hurler Eoin Kelly has been revealed as the face of the drive to retain funding for intercounty GAA players.
The All-Ireland finalist could do with the financial incentive more than most, as he was recently let go by his employers and has a young child.
The All-Star forward joked that he’s effectively a “professional hurler” now but admitted there’s only so long he can sustain such a situation.
In fact, he didn’t rule out sensationally quitting Waterford and emigrating in pursuit of work if things don’t pick up.
“Two weeks ago, unfortunately, I got let go,” said Kelly. “The building industry is down at the moment and I was doing sales for a company in Waterford.
“Hopefully something will come up in the near future but it is hard to see where it will come up.
“You would have to [consider emigration]. Bills have to be paid and food has to be put on the table. You are not going to do that if you are not working.
“It is something that I don’t want to look at, but if it needs to be then I will look at it further down the line.”
Kelly will gain some respite from his off-field difficulties on Sunday when Waterford take on Limerick in the Allianz national league.
The Shannonsiders are managed by Justin McCarthy, who quit Kelly and co in Waterford last summer after a vote of no confidence from the players.
“He [McCarthy] is a proud man and he would like to get one over us,” added Kelly. “It is hard to go up against Justin, he was a great man for Waterford hurling and he brought us a lot of silverware.
“Players in Waterford still have great respect for Justin and we wish him all the best of luck with Limerick — just not against us.”
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