ON THE FIRST working day since retiring on Saturday night, Brian O’Driscoll was, once again, employed today.
The ex-international took to the airwaves to discuss the next chapters in the book of BOD with his ‘new team’ on Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
Asked about the aspect he was most looking forward to about retirement, he told new boss Ger Gilroy:
“Having my own schedule. That was a bit of a frustration in recent years, when you have some other things going on, it’s difficult to plan anything in advance.
“When your schedule comes out on a monthly basis, that’s fine when you’ve a month’s notice, but then it would come out two days from the end of the month. So you’ve three days notice.
“I’m looking forward to guaranteeing that I can go skiing later in the winter, being able to book things months in advance and say, ‘I can definitely be there’.
Along with his on-piste plans and the odd wedding, O’Driscoll conceded that he may find it difficult to motivate himself to exercise just for the sake of exercise.
The world’s most-capped international says there is “absolutely not a chance” that he may follow the lead of Gavin Duffy or Sean O’Brien in testing his competitive edge on a GAA field. However he knows he will need to find the endorphins and calorie-burning qualities of exercise from some source.
“I think I’ll struggle to push myself very hard, but I can see myself playing a bit of five-a-side and a bit of squash. I don’t think I’ll be smashing the roads doing 10ks. I got myself a bike, so I might get out on it, but it will all be a means to keeping myself in reasonable shape rather than because I’m an exercise junkie.”
Of course, life won’t all be squash and cycling to his own schedule. O’Driscoll will take up his role with Newstalk in September and you can listen back to the interview in full to get a feel of the kind of analysis he intends to bring to the table. However, he also added:
“I feel there is an onus on me to best represent [the players]. Particularly the guys I’ve been in the Leinster and Irish setup with, but at the same time you have to be honest about what you see.
“It’s a fine line, but there’s ways and means if getting your point of view across without lambasting them from a personal point of view.”