Mike Quirke has had the most unusual two seasons as Laois senior football manager.
He was no length in the job in 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic hit, meaning that for most of that year he didn’t see his players until the action resumed last autumn.
And while it was initially thought that there would be a short turnaround ahead of the 2021 campaign, the season was again put on ice.
This week, however, the GAA have announced that inter-county teams can return to training on April 19 with games expected to begin at some stage in May.
He chatted to LaoisToday this week about the upcoming season, how he’s been keeping in touch with the Laois players and why he says they haven’t been tempted to break the training ban.
He also discusses his own recent coaching podcast series where he chatted to high profile personalities from a number of different sports as well as dispensing advice to underage coaches ahead of the return to training.
You can watch it in full below.