Connell Believes More Counties Should Take Advantage Of Parentage Rule


Senan Connell believes more Dublin born players should tap into the parentage rule in order to play inter-county football.

A few weeks ago, Kilmacud Crokes forward Shane Horan completed a transfer enabling him to join up with John Maughan’s Offaly panel. Horan was eligible for an inter-county transfer through the parentage rule as both his mother and father hail from the Faithful County.

Connell believes that more Dublin born players should consider transferring to other counties in order to gain inter-county experience.

“100%. We were looking at different ways you could tackle the glut of players that are in Dublin, even just to give lads in Dublin the chance to play inter-county football.” Connell said at eir sport’s Allianz League launch.

“There’s a lot of Dubs who would spend their summer holidays with their cousins down the country.

“I spent a lot of time down in Clare over the summers – my father played with Clare, played railway Cup too. I was a Dub but I was lucky enough to play with Dublin.”

Given the population size in the capital, competition to get make it into their all-conquering county squad is tough, with lots of potential talent missing out.

Connell believes that smaller counties should be tapping into this resource in order to strengthen their own sides.

“I think there’s an opening there for other counties to tap into those resources.

“There’s a lot of guys who wouldn’t mind playing under the parentage rule, to get a chance to play inter-county football.”

The former Dublin star admitted that he could never have envisioned himself transferring out of Dublin, but feels today’s inter-county game is different, and given how dominant Dublin currently are, chances to play inter-county football aren’t as readily available as they used to be.

“It was a different time back then (when I was playing).

“If you didn’t make it with Dublin, that was it – you stuck with your county, it was in you to stay…I don’t think I would have myself – I was a Dub, a Dub only.

“The criteria is different now, the openings to play with Dublin that were there in my time aren’t there anymore, how many come through now (onto Dublin team) – maybe one a year. I think give them the chance to play inter-county football if they want it.”

Eir Sport yesterday announced details of its Allianz Leagues coverage for 2019, while also confirming it will broadcast two games from the Lidl Ladies National Football League. In total eir sport will broadcast fifteen live games in the coming months with up to three live matches available to GAA fans some weekends. The coverage begins on January 26th on the home of live GAA on Saturday nights under lights.

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