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“Mayo will go close,” says Alan Freeman


Mike Finnerty

FORMER Mayo forward Alan Freeman believes that the county senior footballers can take ‘huge positives’ from the way they finished their National League campaign last month with wins over Tyrone and Donegal.
Freeman, who left the Mayo panel due to work commitments back in February, says he’s ‘concentrating on the club [Aghamore] at the moment’ and is ‘enjoying his football’ again.
As part of a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Mayo News for our 12-page Mayo club championship preview supplement, Freeman also said he feels that his former team-mates will win an All-Ireland title, sooner rather than later.
“Our players are of such a high level, and we’re so close, that if we keep making the last four then a break here or there could tilt the balance at this stage.”
Freeman, who won five Connacht senior championship medals during his inter-county career, started against Monaghan in the opening round of the National League at the beginning of February.
However, he left the Mayo squad just eight days later and watched the rest of the team’s games from the sidelines.
“I felt it was a league run like so many over the last few years because it’s hard for Mayo to get players together for collective sessions at that time of year, so the results and form was up and down,” he said.
“But winning two big games against northern opposition, when their backs were to the wall, by a single point, is a huge positive.
“Mayo finished on eight points, the same as Kerry, and that just underlines how little there is between the top four or five teams. It often comes down to just a kick of the ball.
“The margins between Mayo, Kerry, Dublin, Donegal and Tyrone are so fine. It could be a breaking ball, a shot that drops short, a run that isn’t tracked. There’s nothing between them.”

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