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Foolish to put all eggs in football basket admits injury victim McCann

Tiernan McCann has been left out of work through injury twice in the last six months.

TYRONE star Tiernan McCann hopes to learn a lesson from “putting all my eggs in one basket” to pursue his inter-county career after being left unable to work because of injury for the second time in six months.

The Killyclogher man suffered a fractured patella 10 days ago against Kildare.

Having been out of work for six weeks after breaking his hand against Dublin last August, the locum pharmacist is again unable to work for at least the next few weeks.

Not only did he lose out on income but also had to pay substantial cancellation fees to cover his absence.

While he admits that it’s a personal choice to work as a locum as opposed to seeking full-time employment, McCann says balancing his work life with the short window in which to maximise the return from his Tyrone career is tough.

“Maybe it’s foolish on my part to put everything in one basket, to gear everything towards being an inter-county footballer.

“In circumstances like this, you don’t have anything to fall back on. Hopefully I’ll learn from it.

“I think a lot of players realise it’s a very short window you have when you play inter-county football and you want to maximise it.

“To do that, you want to give it as much as you can in terms of time, effort, resources. A lot of things are put on hold. As well as work, your social life, holidays.

“Luckily, I have a good network at home. My family’s very good, and they’re teachers so they were off last week and they were very accommodating. Maybe other players aren’t as lucky and might not have that network around them.”

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