With just a little over a week to go before Leitrim go to battle with London for a place in the Connacht Championship final, Leitrim joint manager Brian Breen has spoken about the decision to drop four players from the county panel. In upbeat mood ahead of the visit of the exiles on Sunday week Breen has been pleased with how the players have performed in training and in recent challenge matches but he was honest when dealing with the issue of dropping Wayne McKeon, Shane Moran, Tomas and Conor Beirne.
“There is no denying the week before last ... we lost the week really to deal with the issue that was before us. The only thing we want to say on it is that it came to us and we had to deal with it. People have their opinions on whether it was right or wrong and I’m hearing all this stuff and then you have the social media playing games with the whole thing.”
Breen added, “We felt we made the right decision, we felt it had to be done, we felt the guys by their actions led to their own exclusion. The rules were quite clear, we can ill afford to lose four players at any stage but we’re trying to bring a quality set-up to the situation where this doesn’t happen. To be fair it’s probably going on year in, year out and been left drift. We felt it had to be done but we’ve moved on.”
The Leitrim manager was speaking last night at a media night in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada. Next week’s Leitrim Observer will have a comprehensive preview of the Connacht Championship semi-final featuring interviews with players and managers while additional stories will also be published throughout the week here at www.leitrimobserver.ie