Conor McDonald opens up about difficult period after being dropped for Dublin clash

Wexford hurler Conor McDonald was the guest on this week’s The GAA Hour with

For the most part, McDonald and host Niall McIntrye spoke about the Leinster hurling championship final between Kilkenny and Galway along with the Munster final between Limerick and Clare.

While that dominated the discussion, McIntrye did ask McDonald about his feelings after he was dropped for the Wexford’s Leinster hurling clash against Dublin earlier in the campaign:

“It was my 10th year this year. It was my first game that I hadn’t started for Wexford. I started every game since I played (since 17). It was different – a different mindset.”

“I remember walking around Croke Park a couple of days before the game. The team wasn’t announced and I was thinking ‘I can’t wait for this’. And then to be told on the Thursday night that you’re not playing, it was extremely difficult.”

“It’s hard to put into words, to know how to feel or how to act, having never been put in that situation before. I had to have a look at myself. There’s obviously a reason for it, whether I agree with it or not. I didn’t agree with it – but you’re never going to agree with it.”

“The management have their own opinions and essentially they’re the men that make the decisions. When you’re in that situation, you just have to come in and make an impact whenever you’re called upon,” the Wexford hurler said.

McDonald’s performance against Dublin off the bench was one of the positives from a Wexford perspective. Long high ball was dropped into McDonald and he performaned well, so much so that he regained his position in the starting fifteen for the next games.

The full The GAA Hour can be listened to below:

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