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Laois captain Attride hungry to get back to Croke Park again

Stephen Attride

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For the second year in a row, Stephen Attride will skipper the Laois senior footballers in the Leinster championship.

The Killeshin man has been named to start at wing back and he is hungry for success.

After recently becoming the first Laois captain since Ian Fitzgerald in 2003 to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand and lift a trophy in Croke Park, Attride wants to get back there again.

Attride led his side to Division 4 glory in GAA HQ and he is targeting a return to that venue this year.

He said: “It was a great feeling. Any day you walk those steps in Croke Park it’s a great experience.

“Alright, it might not have been the final we’d wanted to be in but any day you get to win in Croke Park and walk those steps is a great day.

“The whole day in itself was an unbelievable experience. In my career I haven’t played there that much, so definitely I’m hungry for more and get back there again.”

Attride made his senior debut in 2013 but his visits to Croke Park have been few and far between.

He said: “I have been unlucky with injuries, but if I can get a decent bout of fitness now it will stand me in good stead and hopefully then contribute to the team.

“When I was growing up I was looking on at the likes of Ross and a few other lads playing up there, week in, week out, so hopefully that’s not too far away and that in the near future we can get back to those days.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.