Darragh Ó Sé: Mayo will have none of this Win It For Tom blather

When you’re injured, as Parsons is, you can offer nothing to the team in my experience

Will  Mayo players spend the next few weeks mourning the loss of Tom Parsons to injury? That’s not how it works. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Will Mayo players spend the next few weeks mourning the loss of Tom Parsons to injury? That’s not how it works. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tom Parsons will be hearing a lot of soothing words this week, so many of them that he’ll be nearly wishing someone would give out to him. Best wishes are great and everything but they lose their meaning after a while. Everybody is sincere and they all want you to feel better but the world moves on at the same time. You’re a great lad when you’re no threat to anyone.

Will Mayo miss him? No doubt about it. Will they do all they can for him as he recovers? Absolutely. Will they spend the next few weeks mourning his loss? That’s not how it works.

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