Interesting post. Devil’s advocate time again. We had to play Rushe in FF last year. We needed Conal at 36 years of age or we were in danger of going down to Joe McDonagh. We went through countless forwards such as Winters, Hayes, McGibb, Whitely, Burke, young Crummy etc. All good players and prospects without doubt. Also Ryan O’Dwyer was one of our first subs on in the forwards in most games! Crying out for a Schutte type player. You’re telling me you wouldn’t have him? Seriously?
Players can be coached. He was too young himself under Daly I would argue. Followed by 3 years (well 2 anyway) of going further than backwards under Cunningham, when every decent forward (amongst others) we had ended up walking. Schutte would walk back in to our squad and if he’s hurling well enough he’d be on the team soon enough.