McEnaney says he tried to convince Sheridan to stay in Ireland. INPHO/James Crombie
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'Joe's decision was to travel and you have to respect that' - McEnaney

The Meath manager said he tried to dissuade the player from moving to Boston.

MEATH MANAGER SEAMUS McEnaney said he did everything in his power to dissuade Joe Sheridan from moving to America, but was ultimately forced to accept the player’s decision.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Sport at 7, McEnaney revealed he “chatted to Joe about staying in Ireland,” but that “unfortunately, Joe’s decision was to travel and you have to respect”.

Despite also receiving a job offer to stay in Ireland, McEnaney described how the offer from America was “one he couldn’t turn down”.

He also played down a suggestion made by Sheridan a few months back that employers were likely to be reluctant to take on GAA players, due to the significant commitment that the sport requires. He said:

“A lot of employers are very good to GAA players, but it can be difficult.”

In relation to his side’s current form, McEnaney said they were “satisfied after two games with four points,” adding that he was “disappointed” with recent losses, while maintaining that the team were still performing well.

Meath were narrowly beaten 1-12 to 1-11 yesterday, with Sheridan scoring a goal in what is likely to be his last-ever appearance for the county.

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