Michael Gormley,chairman of b after his side have been dealt a massive blow with the loss of county star, John O’Loughlin.
UCD student O’Loughlin, a key player in Justin McNulty’s county side, has been offered a coaching job with Brigid’s in Dublin and will take up the role when he completes his degree in May. He will become the ninth Laois player to join a club in the capital.
Michael Gormley feels that the GAA should act now in order to prevent further drains of talent from Laois football:
“It’s very unfair that players are allowed to leave small clubs and go to Dublin. There should be a block put on it. All the players are going the one way, there’s nobody coming the other way. We’ve been hit by emigration already and to start losing more players makes it even more difficult.
Laois GAA chairman Brian Allen said: “it’s very disappointing, we’re again losing our top players and it’s demeaning our local championships.”
Meanwhile, O’Loughlin admitted that the offer from the Dublin club was too good for him to turn down:
“I was approached by Brigid’s a couple of weeks ago. It’s too good an opportunity to turn down and I’m going to start working with them straight away when I finish college in May. It means leaving Mountmellick which is tough. I had to think long and hard about it, but I don’t see it as a permanent thing.”