"That's crazy!" - Marc O'Se gives his take on GAA's fixture problem

Corner-back chats to Off The Ball about Comortas Paidi O'Se and the future with the Kingdom

Kerry, Marc O'Se

Kerry's Marc O'Se ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

As the 27th Comortas Peil Paidi O’Sé tournament in West Kerry is upon us, Off The Ball were joined by Marc O'Se to reflect on its enduring success.

The Kerry corner-back believes it provides an important cornerstone to the year.

"I think it's a great platform for the start of the year and this year now we've got teams from all over Europe coming again," he told Joe and Colm, before touching on the impact of his late uncle and Kerry GAA great in its success.

"I think the year Paidi died was the biggest year. There were 48 teams. There are 36 teams this year, so it's still pretty big."

He also had a laugh as he reacted to a funny story that his brother Tomas O'Se had recounted to Off The Ball last year about the way Paidi commandeered Marc to do plenty of shifts behind the bar in his pub after the current Kerry star had damaged a car in a minor accident.

Turning 36 in April, O'Se feels like a "young 35 or 36" due to the fact he has not had to deal with major injuries during his playing career.

"I think the body is in good shape to keep going and hopefully it will be a good year," he said of his Kerry prospects for 2016, also expecting the Kingdom to come back stronger after just missing out on All-Ireland glory at the final hurdle last year.

Aiming to improve Kerry's form in the league this time round, O'Se also commented about some of the problems with the structure of the calendar year.

"The league is very important because if you remember as far back as last year, I think it was 12 weeks when we had no game and you're talking about restructuring the championship and all of that. That's crazy in my opinion where you don't have any football for 12 weeks. You're gearing yourself up for league football and then you're going away and playing with the club and trying to come back in again and start the training all over again," he said.