Wednesday 26 October 2016

'An exemplary individual and gentleman' - Dubs boss Jim Gavin pays tribute to retiring Ger Brennan

Ger Brennan
Ger Brennan
Glenn O'Connell, Rhode, in action against Ger Brennan, St Vincent's. AIB Leinster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final, Rhode v St Vincent's, Pairc Táilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has paid tribute to Ger Brennan who officially called time on his Dublin career today – two years after he was last able to don the Sky Blue jersey.

The two-time All-Ireland winner has been blighted by recurring injury issues over the past two seasons, and that’s bound to have been one of the factors in his retirement from inter-county action.

The Dubs boss paid tribute to Brennan in a warm statement and praised him as both a player and a man.

"An outstanding leader both on and off the field of play Ger inspired those around him by his actions of self-determination, self-sacrifice and dedication to his sport – all focused on the team being the best it could be.

"An exemplary individual and gentleman; Ger’s humility, poise and grace are a credit to his family, friends and club St Vincents and Dublin GAA wish Ger the very best on his new journey."

Brennan made his SFC debut off the bench in the 2007 Leinster final against Laois and subsequently established himself as Dublin’s centre-back mainstay, initially under his clubmate Pat Gilroy and then during Jim Gavin’s first season and retires with two All-Ireland medals.

In a statement released through the Gaelic Players Association, the St. Vincent’s man admitted it is a day of mixed emotions.

"It is with both satisfaction and sadness that I announce my retirement from inter-county football,” he said.

“I am sufficiently satisfied that I have fulfilled my boyhood dreams to wear the Dublin Senior Football team jersey and to achieve success on and off the field of play. I also feel sadness that a particular journey of my life is coming to a close, and I will miss everything that is associated with representing my county.

While he can reflect on a successful inter-county career, the teak-tough centre back does not judge his own playing days by his silverware collection.

"While the public might measure a team's success by the trophies raised, I feel I have won far more through the life-long bonds and friendships I have developed with so many players and management throughout my career; and for these I am truly grateful.

"I have been fortunate to have played for Dublin every year since I was 13 years of age and it has immeasurable enhanced the quality of my life.

"I would like to thank the many people who have influenced my personal, spiritual and sporting development to date. Thanks to Jim Gavin, Pat Gilroy and Pillar Caffrey for placing their faith in me to wear the senior jersey.

Brennan will continue playing club football with St Vincent’s and actually returned to competitive championship action on Saturday – he helped the reigning Leinster kingpins advance to the Dublin SFC quarter-finals following victory over arch-rivals Ballymun Kickhams.

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