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Parson, Clarke, Vaughan

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We have to keep these lads involved with the u 20s, minors, u16s and bring the next generation of talent through. What great players and leaders the 3 lads were for us over the years. Gave huge commitment to playing for Mayo. Every single fan knows and appreciates everything that they have done for us.For Tom coming back after his injury it shows the mentality of the man. As Jurgen Klopp would say Mentality Monster. I loved seeing him play. He would pluck, attack, track. Has a serious engine on him. Vaughan was excellent. He was powerful and athletic and scored plenty for us. Clarkie had a fantastic ability. Agile, Good shot stopper. Great under the high ball. Stay involved in the game lads.

BigJmchalepark (Mayo) - Posts: 26 - 05/01/2021 12:35:28    2326095

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Replying To BigJmchalepark:  "We have to keep these lads involved with the u 20s, minors, u16s and bring the next generation of talent through. What great players and leaders the 3 lads were for us over the years. Gave huge commitment to playing for Mayo. Every single fan knows and appreciates everything that they have done for us.For Tom coming back after his injury it shows the mentality of the man. As Jurgen Klopp would say Mentality Monster. I loved seeing him play. He would pluck, attack, track. Has a serious engine on him. Vaughan was excellent. He was powerful and athletic and scored plenty for us. Clarkie had a fantastic ability. Agile, Good shot stopper. Great under the high ball. Stay involved in the game lads."
Totally agree. All 3 were serious players and but for injury I think Tom and Donal would probably have kept going for another couple of years. I think Donal was selected for every outfield line at some point or other and when Mayo broke through in 2011 he was also the player who was picked out by the media, pundits etc as a real standout athlete. For all 3 to retire, along with the likes of Andy, Alan, Caff, Barry and a few others who soldiered for many years without getting an AI medal is a shame and but for the bounce of a ball or a shot hitting a post or any number of decisions in tight games things would have been different. They'll probably all take stock now, but no doubt some of these lads will want to get the chance to apply the knowledge they've gained in a coaching capacity at some point in the future. This stock of knowledge is what builds tradition and hopefully Mayo will see the benefit in terms of titles won during the coming years.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2264 - 06/01/2021 11:24:06    2326259

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Looks like the thread title has already gone past its sell-by with SOS now joining the exodus...

Seamus is another player who contributed greatly over the years and was always a powerful physical presence around the middle. All of the players gone so far are strong lads over 6' and good in the air, the sorts of players that the mark rules favour. All would still be relevant if they were physically in their pomp, but Mayo must continue to build a pacey and athletic panel if they hope to challenge the Dubs for Sam.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2264 - 06/01/2021 14:57:00    2326300

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Replying To Pericles:  "Looks like the thread title has already gone past its sell-by with SOS now joining the exodus...

Seamus is another player who contributed greatly over the years and was always a powerful physical presence around the middle. All of the players gone so far are strong lads over 6' and good in the air, the sorts of players that the mark rules favour. All would still be relevant if they were physically in their pomp, but Mayo must continue to build a pacey and athletic panel if they hope to challenge the Dubs for Sam."
And now Barrett what is going on. Fair enough the lads before Barrett where probably done but Barrett? He was well able for it in 2020 and I can only expect higgins and Boyle will follow. I admire these guys and so does much of the country, greatest players not to win an AI.
I remember watching 17 all ireland in London, the craic was building the crowd in the pub where getting excited...... then Dublin won and everyone went home. Mayo need to be fearless off the cuff ballers it what you do best

Sportsfanatic90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 35 - 15/01/2021 17:34:52    2327607

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Replying To Sportsfanatic90:  "And now Barrett what is going on. Fair enough the lads before Barrett where probably done but Barrett? He was well able for it in 2020 and I can only expect higgins and Boyle will follow. I admire these guys and so does much of the country, greatest players not to win an AI.
I remember watching 17 all ireland in London, the craic was building the crowd in the pub where getting excited...... then Dublin won and everyone went home. Mayo need to be fearless off the cuff ballers it what you do best"
Chrissy, Seamie and Tom working and married in Dublin just could not keep doing it, Apart from the Finance Geography is a massive advantage for the Dubs what other counties have their entire panel inside the county. Trip on their shoe laces they are at training or in Croke Park

belmay (Mayo) - Posts: 170 - 15/01/2021 19:27:38    2327631

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Replying To belmay:  "Chrissy, Seamie and Tom working and married in Dublin just could not keep doing it, Apart from the Finance Geography is a massive advantage for the Dubs what other counties have their entire panel inside the county. Trip on their shoe laces they are at training or in Croke Park"
Of all the lads so far gone none were that surprising up to Chris's announcement. Showed before Christmas that he's still an effective class defender. He's the first to go where we're going to have a gap to fill and with us already needing to play Keegan in the FB line plus the likes of Plunkett showing an experience deficit when he had to come in for Paddy Durcan. With a possibility that the league might be skipped if the covid situation doesn't improve soon the chance to blood new players might be limited enough.

Unfortunately the travel thing, which is a major handicap when it comes to combined preparations, is something which won't be changing unless we find ourselves in a completely professional era. Mayo having a younger panel (fewer personal commitments) should help over the next couple of years. Mind you, counties like Meath and Kildare share to an extent in the Dubs advantage of having most of their players employed just up the road, but each has challenges (players, belief, commitment) which trump logistics. The Mayo panel just has to get on with it.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2264 - 16/01/2021 16:02:28    2327718

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Covid 19 might yet be a huge help to Mayo and other Counties, new Bill being introduced in Dail soon to make working from Home available to most workers and with Good Rural Broadband players may be able to live and work in their own Counties.

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 69 - 16/01/2021 19:08:37    2327743

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Replying To Pericles:  "Of all the lads so far gone none were that surprising up to Chris's announcement. Showed before Christmas that he's still an effective class defender. He's the first to go where we're going to have a gap to fill and with us already needing to play Keegan in the FB line plus the likes of Plunkett showing an experience deficit when he had to come in for Paddy Durcan. With a possibility that the league might be skipped if the covid situation doesn't improve soon the chance to blood new players might be limited enough.

Unfortunately the travel thing, which is a major handicap when it comes to combined preparations, is something which won't be changing unless we find ourselves in a completely professional era. Mayo having a younger panel (fewer personal commitments) should help over the next couple of years. Mind you, counties like Meath and Kildare share to an extent in the Dubs advantage of having most of their players employed just up the road, but each has challenges (players, belief, commitment) which trump logistics. The Mayo panel just has to get on with it."
Travel wasn't much of an issue for us last year. Tom Parsons gave an interview saying it was only Rob Hennelly and himself left in Dublin once intercounty restarted. Half the country are working from home now so that should make it easier to keep young players in Mayo. Although lads in their 20s may want to move to a city anyway.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 204 - 17/01/2021 15:36:58    2327814

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Replying To MayoDan:  "Travel wasn't much of an issue for us last year. Tom Parsons gave an interview saying it was only Rob Hennelly and himself left in Dublin once intercounty restarted. Half the country are working from home now so that should make it easier to keep young players in Mayo. Although lads in their 20s may want to move to a city anyway."
True, it was a lot better last year and will be again for the bulk of the season this year, but after that it's going to slip back a good bit to what it was before covid.... maybe not entirely (I hope!), but there are a lot of interests who'll be pushing for offices, shops, cafes and pubs to fill up again and college life will go back to normal too. Maybe some more flexibility will remain around weekends, which will ease the strain a bit.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2264 - 18/01/2021 15:34:18    2327949

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What's to be said about Keith? A joy to watch and a player who'd comfortably make any all-time Mayo team. He was picked out by the Gooch as the best marker he ever played against and to get that compliment from the best forward of his generation is the ultimate assessment of his ability. A true great!

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2264 - 24/01/2021 11:48:57    2328723

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In the last few weeks Mayo have lost some great warriors and battlers none better than Keith Higgins, it would be an understatement to say they deserved an AI senior medal but doesn't take away their achievements

Galway4ever (Galway) - Posts: 138 - 25/01/2021 19:00:58    2328917

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