Aidan O'Shea sets out why he can't let another All-Ireland shot go up in smoke

Mayo star chats to Off The Ball about new management, Holmes-Connelly events and trying out American football

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As Aidan O'Shea prepares for another shot at All-Ireland glory with Mayo this year, the 25-year-old has another challenge to get out of the way first.

The versatile forward, joined us on Off The Ball as it was announced that he will flying out to the USA to try his hand at American football as part of TV3 show The Toughest Trade.

"I definitely wouldn't be a wide receiver," the Golden State Warriors basketball fan joked.

"I love the NBA. I wouldn't be an NFL fanatic but I do watch it and you can't really miss it these days because there's five games on every week."

O'Shea won't miss any league games while he is away and as Stephen Rochford steps into the role as Mayo's new manager, he identified the former Corofin boss' "clarity of purpose about what he wants to achieve".

"I think there will be differences," he said of the expected style of play during 2016.

"From conversations with [Rochford] and conversations between the guys, it looks like he will tweak a few things." 

Aidan O’Shea in action against Dublin ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

He also says that he has not sensed any negativity towards the team from Mayo fans over the tumultuous events which led to the resignation of previous managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. But he also opened up about the difficulties of a testing time for him and his colleagues during that period.

"It was draining because you're doing something that you're trying to do behind closed doors and it's difficult when you're trying to get 30 lads that aren't actually meeting - they're all over the country - and there is a different dynamic to it," he said, before continuing, "So it was difficult and eventually making the decision, and obviously difficult when you don't want something like that to go public and you're wary of how the guys will be perceived. It was disappointing the way it ended." 

But O'Shea re-emphasised that "it was something we felt had to be done to go and win the All-Ireland" and as he turns 26, the Breaffy club man adds that, "I don't feel like I can afford to miss a year" in the quest for Sam Maguire.

O'Shea also gave his take on the championship structures issue and his opinion on the future of the provincials and the amalgamation of counties.