‘Something needs to be done’ – injured Mayo star Tommy Conroy on insane schedule


When Tommy Conroy’s left knee crumbled under him in the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals in early February, he hoped against hope that luck would come his way.

However, within days it was confirmed that he had damaged his ACL.

Surgery was required – and essentially 2022 was done for him.

In the days that followed, Mayo boss James Horan made it clear that he felt more had to be done to protect players at this time of year when some elite talent are double jobs. Players can play for their county team in the national league over the weekend before playing another game for their collegiate team during the week.

Coincidentally, Conroy came in for Mayo in the opening round draw against Donegal that Sunday. He was in action for NUI, Galway on Tuesday night when his knee gave way. Of course, there have been players with similar schedules who haven’t been worse – but for Conroy, it’s a situation a player shouldn’t be put in.

“I definitely think something needs to be done, particularly in terms of playing for boys my age, Sigerson and in inter-county bodies,” said the 2022 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps Ambassador.

“You might have guys in U20 panels and senior panels – and I suppose it’s difficult for a player to even start thinking about what they should play.

“I think there should be something where players don’t really have to think about it and he doesn’t have to overdo it in January and February. In terms of scheduling, it probably needs to be changed because it’s probably too busy at this time.”

There’s no magic fix, Conroy admits. Not an easy way to fix a tax problem. But a demarcation line between the two levels of competition would help.

“I suppose the optimal solution would be to play Sigerson and then play the National League – but in terms of timing the league starts at the end of January so you’re talking about doing it before Christmas so yeah it’s hard. .. it’s definitely something we need to dedicate a lot of time to.

“But I suppose now with the split season and the club finishing a little earlier than usual that could give a little wiggle room before Christmas.

“I suppose it’s hard to find the golden fix but if you could dress them up separately let the Sigerson finish before the league it could be good.”

Congratulations from across the country came as he made it clear he will not be playing for Mayo this summer. He’ll need a bit of luck to see action for The Neale again this year.

Despite this, he continued to be involved in shaping the district. This weekend, Conroy will be with Team Mayo as they begin their Championship against Galway at Castlebar. A generally positive league campaign ended under a cloud. Sunday will be their first game since their grueling league final loss to Kerry.

“When you get to a league final, you really want to win the game. And we really wanted to do a good job.

“After performances like that it can sometimes happen that things are discarded, but I think national finals are there to be won

“We had to park it immediately. Sometimes you learn a lot more by playing these kinds of games and not winning than by winning them. We will definitely learn many lessons from it.”

Conroy quickly established himself as a key forward for Mayo, earning All-Star nominations in each of his first two seasons.

His absence will be clearly felt over the summer, but the return of talisman Cillian O’Connor, who made his debut in this final this year, should help make up for it.

“I would have great confidence in him. Cillian is a top player. In terms of his on-field intelligence, he’s probably one of the smartest players in the game.

“He is also one of the most experienced players in the game.

“He has put in a lot of work over the last few months to get fully fit again.

“He was very unlucky with his injury. I would have great confidence in him that he would be as good as he was – and even better.” ‘Something needs to be done’ – injured Mayo star Tommy Conroy on insane schedule

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