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Rock’s honesty on fees praised

Ballymun Kickhams’ Dean Rock against lining up a free against Skerries Harps on Saturday. Ballymun won 3-18 to 0-12. INPHO/RYAN BYRNE

By P.J. Cunningham

It’s never been a surprise to see Dublin been a surprise to see Dublin place-kicker Dean Rock nail important frees in high-stake games – but he did shock the GAA public last week by admitting that he charges premium rates to those seeking to learn about his technique.

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Fees at his training academy were reported to be between €350 and €650 for two sessions, the higher charge for groups of four. While there was an initial shock of a GAA player getting paid for coaching, since then Rock has been praised by former players, including ex-Meath star Bernard Flynn. “He's actually being honest and up-front, and I commend him for that.”

With managers and trainers and other background specialists earning up to €500 a week, Rock’s decision to go public shows a refreshing honesty and lack of hypocrisy. Why shouldn’t he benefit from his expertise – if there is a demand for it.

He is one of Dublin’s most accessible players when it comes to giving of his time for charitable purposes and as a person who was studying into his late 20, he has a right to prepare for his future life.

As Bernard Flynn points out, there is no difference between Rock doing this or charging for appearing at a fund-raising function or giving a speech.

“A lot of the top guys are commanding fairly big fees to do certain things. More than Dean is charging let me tell you, because I know of the fees that some of them charge,” Flynn revealed.