The GAA’s Director of Hurling Paudie Butler has admitted that he wasn’t surprised to see his former charges Laois suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Offaly in last Sunday’s Leinster SHC clash.
The Tipperary native, who managed Laois for three years earlier this decade, had feared that the O’Moore County would be unable to cope without a host of key players.
He said: “When news came through of the injury to James Young a couple of weeks ago, alarm bells began ringing in Laois.
“They played without Young, Matthew Whelan, Michael McEvoy, Darren Rooney, John O’Loughlin, John Walsh, Cahir Healy and Zane Keenan, so the writing was on the wall.
“Between injuries, the football and a couple of fellas not making themselves available, the Laois cause was not helped at all. And it’s very difficult to get young players committed totally when there is the risk of a big beating at the end.”
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