Tradition breeds success is one of the truisms of the GAA and it is probably true so it is no surprise to learn that the mental aspect of the game is something Leitrim are paying particularly close attention to ahead of this year’s championship.
Asked about Leitrim’s erratic form in this year’s League, joint manager Brian Breen admitted that the mental aspect of the game was something he and George Dugdale are particularly keen to address - “The mental aspect of the game is huge and it is probably one that Leitrim traditionally struggle with.
“I’d put the challenge out to anyone to come and see our training sessions, we train as hard as anybody, we prepare as diligently as the Corks, the Galways, the Kerrys, I can say that hand on heart. The lads make every effort, year in, year out, and credit to them.
“We’ve addressed the mental aspect this year and last year, myself and George, we’ve got professional help on that but you can’t change that with the flick of a switch and it is something we are conscious of.”
And Brian admitted that the Connacht Championship team of 1994 needed help to make the long awaited break-through - “When we were playing in the nineties, we needed help on that and we found that is what brought us over the line back then.
“It is something we have identified, the tradition isn’t there and so we have to try and get help for that. We’re taking small steps in that direction but we’re hoping the small steps will bear fruit later on.”