On the overuse of player thing - I really am not so sure how bad it is. If the players were only with the counties, they would be training 3 to 4 times a week now, and it would be hard enough training. These games probably substitute for one of those sessions, but the players probably prefer them. I think because we see the amount of games they play, but don’t really see the amount of training, we can put too much emphasis on games being an issue.
On the individual players, Whitely looks like a great young lad, but I can’t see him standing up to centre half back from a Galway, Tipp, Waterford side just yet. He will win some ball because he has a good eye, but I think not enough. In a few years yes, definitely, but I think not now. Burke may be similar, but is probably a more rounded hurler at this stage. I keep hearing of games where he played great, but it never seems to coincide with the ones I am at. But he was a brilliant minor, so it will happen for him, but again I am not sure if it is now. But two county managers have picked him for every game he is available, so they are obviously seeing something and they see more of him then I do.