“If you put on a Leitrim jersey, you have to be 100% committed,” were the words of James Glancy last Saturday as he leaned against a deserted dressing room wall in Pairc Esler and the Leitrim captain has urged manager Mickey Moran and the current panel of players to stick together for the coming years.
The controversy over the absence of Wayne McKeon, Conor and Tomas Beirne from the starting line-up in Newry after they were dropped for breaches of the Players Charter saw the Leitrim captain come out strongly in support of the management’s decision.
And he called on every player on the current panel to be completely dedicated to making a break-through in the coming years.
“I’d back the management one hundred percent,” stated James, “If you put on a Leitrim jersey, you have to be 100% committed. Previous years, there has been a perception that you can come in and give 80 or 70% and think you can get away with it.
“If we’re honest about it, we got what we deserved here today and boys didn’t put in 100% all year and if we want to be successful, we need to keep this panel of players that we had here today together for the next couple of years and try and build on that.
“If you want to come in, you have to give 100%, why should we settle for second best?
“We’re every bit as good as any other county in the country, the only thing is we’re not applying ourselves away from the training field and you can’t be making silly excuses for not coming to training.
“As far as I’m concerned, I was delighted with the effort that was put in there today. If I was in the trenches, they’d be the people I’d want behind me,” stated James.
Despite his obvious deep disappointment with Saturday’s result in Newry, the Leitrim captain nevertheless sees the positives from this year’s championship campaign and James said he would like to see Mickey Moran stay on in the job for another year to build up the progress of the year - “It is easy to forget the 22nd of May, it seems a long time away.
“If you are going to sit down and talk facts, we have made progress this year, we won a championship game. We wanted to win a Qualifier game, it didn’t happen.
“The main thing is to move on with the win that we had, Sligo did it a few years ago, they kept their panel together and moved on the next year.
“If we can do that now, there is no reason why can’t, go and maybe contest a Connacht Final because there is no point in making targets that are unachievable but a Connacht Final is a realistic target, we’ve been in semi-finals for the last ten years and there is no reason why we cannot get to a Connacht Final.”
And James called on Mickey Moran and his management team stay on for the 2012 campaign - “I would like to see Mickey stay on. His training there last Thursday night a few days before a championship match and we did stuff there that we never did before, which just goes to show how good a coach he is.
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