yeah def Gizzy. ive found them not worth the hassle. I would rather have 20 players who want to work hard, commit to training, listen to what needs to be done rather than 21 players which includes a talent ass who annoys people, carry's on during sessions and turns up when it suits them.
you dont tend to get them at senior level, most clubs wont tolerate this type of person no matter how great they are, its usually at under age level.
That is the be all and end all, sort out the attitude at underage and it'll not be a problem thereafter.
We'd a lad who was untouchable at u-14, won a Down Feile and he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I made a statement to one of our U-14 management at the time that I'd be surprised if he played minor, let alone senior as he was already at the histrionics, giving off to some of his team mates, rolling about the place, injured one minute and fine the next. The U-14 manager, a former senior team mate of mine said I was talking bollox.
He should still be playing minor this year, but last year he was so bad they had to take him off several times and bring on a 15 year old. I asked the minor management this year whether he'd be playing and they didn't think so, with one saying 'not sure I'd want him back as he does nothing but moan the whole feckin time, always someone else's fault, never his. Should really have been stamped out when the wee lad was 10 or so. Clubs fault and loss IMO.
Hence why some underage managers in our club get pissed off at me for telling them to look beyond the scoreboard and see the technique and attitude of each player and the team as a whole as to whether we're improving or not..