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true bro-mance ‘I don’t like the obsession with Aidan’ – ex-Mayo star Séamus O’Shea questions coverage of his brother

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Former Mayo Footballer Séamus O’Shea Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former Mayo Footballer Séamus O’Shea Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former Mayo Footballer Séamus O’Shea Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former Mayo footballer Séamus O’Shea has launched a defence of his brother Aidan, stating he “struggles to understand the obsession” with the county captain.

O’Shea’s performance came under the microscope once more after his second-half withdrawal in the thrilling All-Ireland semi-final win over Dublin.

The Breaffy stalwart had been in a protective boot according to ex-team-mate Andy Moran in the lead-up to the game and re-appeared late on to help his side secure a famous extra-time victory over the six-in-a-row champions.

And not for the first time, a portion of the post-match analysis centred on Aidan O’Shea.

“It’s not something I’ve spoken to him about,” Seamus O’Shea replied when asked about how his brother deals with the added attention.

“It’s probably a source of frustration for me to be honest because I feel like regardless of what happens in a game, Aidan seems to be the headline for some reason. I don’t know is it because it gets more clicks or does it generate more headlines or something like that, I don’t know.

“I can’t think of any other footballer where the conversation after every game is, ‘Where did Aidan play? How did he play? What will they do with him the next day?’

“There’s obviously loads of brilliant footballers around the country that will have good days and bad days. Or that will play in different positions, and it’s just not the same source of conversation anywhere else.

“I struggle to understand why there’s this obsession with how he plays or where he plays every day we go out.

And he added: “He’s an important player for Mayo obviously. He’s been a brilliant player for us over the years. He’ll be asked to do different things, whether it’s full-forward or centre-forward or midfield or, in years gone by, he’s gone back to the back line.

“But yeah, I struggle to understand the obsession with his performance every single day.

"There’s loads of brilliant footballers throughout the country that play similar roles or that have good days and bad days that there doesn’t seem to be the same concern about after a game.

"But from Aidan’s point of view, I think he just ignores it at this stage. He’s dealing with it long enough. For me, it’s something that I don’t understand all the time.”

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Having retired over the winter, O’Shea will watch on as his two brothers Aidan and Conor look to finally end Mayo’s wait for an All-Ireland title. But after 13 seasons, the eldest O’Shea was forced to walk away.

“I’d love to still be there if I could play but physically I’m just not able to anymore. I’ve had a tough time with injuries the last few years. I’ve had four surgeries over a two-year period and last winter in particular was difficult. I’m still trying to manage my way out of that.”

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