We need to keep our players

The emigration and players which has ravaged the County Senior team over the last three years is all that is standing between Leitrim and greater success believes keeper Cathal McCrann.

The emigration and players which has ravaged the County Senior team over the last three years is all that is standing between Leitrim and greater success believes keeper Cathal McCrann.

The Gortletteragh clubman told the Observer that keeping going in the face of continuing player losses is difficult and pointed to Longford as an example of what could be achieved - “It is hard. If you just look at Longford, they’ve kept the same team for the last few years and look where they are now, they are in division 2.

“We seem to start off every year minus five or six at least but if we could keep the lads here in this country and hold them for two or three years, honestly I think we’d be up in Division 3. I was talking to a few of the Longford lads last week and they say that if you can get out of Division 4, you’ll go a lot further, it is a lot easier.”

And Cathal has a message for those not on the panel - “That is what we would be hoping, that we can keep this team for three or four years and get back in some of the lads, like the Beirnes and a few of them lads. Your career doesn’t be long going. The years fly by and when you have the chance to represent your county, you should do it, that’s all I can say.”