KERRY’S AIDAN O’MAHONY has explained the motivating factors behind his decision to continue playing, despite suffering a broken leg over the weekend.
He told RTÉ Radio 1′s Drivetime programme that the ‘fear of letting his teammates down’ inspired him to play through the pain barrier.
The player participated in his side Rathmore’s 0-12 to 0-10 Kerry Club SFC final win over Laune Rangers, competing for nearly 50 minutes with a strap on his leg.
O’Mahony said he knew he was injured, but was unsure as to the extent of his troubles:
“The pain was fairly bad, I knew myself that there was definitely some damage there. With a dead leg you’d have pain but even in the first half, trying to run for a ball was very hard and I was very restricted.”
However, he recalled how he was determined to stay on the field for as long as possible, given the magnitude of the occasion.
“It’s a club final, you’re playing with your club and these guys have been training with you all year long. The last thing you want to do is let them down.”
The 31-year-old has been an influential member of the Kerry panel in recent years, helping them win four All-Ireland Senior Championships.