He was well curtailed though with teams starting to target him for special treatment in the latter stages . He gets a lot of abuse in that role with club and county . You can't fault the club because they are limited with the options at their disposal but I think the county can and should protect him better . People also want to see us carry the ball less in the opposition half - that requires 1) to let the ball on more and most importantly 2) players inside capable of winning ball with a bit of guile to them . We have more options coming through in the out field roles with good direct players who can deliver quality ball as well . Not saying they are as good as Mackey - it's just a real testament to Cian's ability that he can play nearly any role and I think he's as natural inside as outfield . I'm not saying it's guaranteed to be a wonderful success either but it's something that I would like to see tried . Our dysfunctional inside line is really holding us back at the moment and it's time for the management to get radical .
Yes in short . Our inside line is not functioning and never really has and I don't see it improving if we persist with personnel that have been given more than their fair share of game time . It's great that we have done so well in the league so far but it would be stretching it to say the inside forwards have won us the points . If we want to develop into a good championship team and a top Division 2 team who can hold their own in Division 1 we need our inside forwards to contribute more especially in the bigger games . There will be days when the outfield players shooting from distance doesn't work .