An All Ireland Champion for both his club and county, not to mention provincial championships and league honours. Kevin Nolan has done it all. Man of the match in the historic 2011 All Ireland Senior Football Final and an All Star Award in his pocket.
With honours like these, for both club and county, the Kilmacud Crokes man is well positioned to speak on the current debate surrounding club v county fixtures.
And that’s exactly what Kevin Nolan has done. Yesterday, at the official launch of the Club Players Association (CPA) in Ballyboden St. Endas, he sat alongside club mate and former Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran, Grassroots Co-ordinator and Armagh star Aaron Kernan, CPA Secretary Declan Brennan and Chairman Michael Briody, in support of change to the current championship calendar and the inconsistencies between rounds.
In this video, Kevin explains the feedback he got from a large number of club players regarding the mix up and mess the club fixtures are in. And how their aspirations of winning silverware with their county is becoming detrimental to their club careers.
A Dublin inter county player has hardly any time to readjust back into the club championship campaign when the All Ireland Championship has finished. And a club player, not involved in the inter county set up, has to agonisingly wait for Dublin’s season to end before they can concentrate on their respective championship.
When CPA Secretary Declan Brennan called Nolan for help, he was only too happy to oblige.
(Video/Screenshot credit: the42.ie via YouTube)