Michael Darragh Macauley: Ger Brennan's retirement is a 'sad day for Dublin GAA'
Former team mate Macauley praises retired star’s leadership role for Blues
MICHAEL Darragh Macauley described his now ex-Dublin team mate, Ger Brennan, as “a huge loss to Dublin.”
Macauley yesterday attended an event at the Aviva Stadium to launch a smartphone app developed by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland at approximately the same time Brennan released his statement via the GPA announcing the end of his inter-county career.
Naturally, the Ballyboden man wasn’t thrifty with his praise but in particular, espoused the leadership skills of the man who served as vice-captain in their mutual All-Ireland breakthrough season of 2011.
“Ger was a huge player for Dublin over the years,” Macualey stated.
“He is a leader on and off the pitch, he’s a big presence in the dressing-room and he’s definitely one of the guys you’d look to in the heat of battle as well.”
“Ger was a great bloke to have around the place, he is always up for a bit of craic and devilment as well as being a top footballer. He was a big player for us.”
Macauley seemed somewhat surprised Brennan had taken the ultimate step to end the two years of setbacks and disappointments that ruined his chances of playing for Dublin again following chronic Achilles tendon injury, amongst other niggles.
“He had a few long seasons with St Vincent’s as well,” Macauley pointed out.
“That probably didn’t do his injuries any favours.
“He was unlucky that he couldn’t get them right again.
“It’s a sad day for Dublin but knowing Ger, his head is in the right place and hopefully he’s happy with the decision he made.”
“I thought his injuries were coming on and on-track but Ger knows best,” Macauley, who also won his second All-Ireland medal alongside Brennan in 2013, added:
“I did know there were a few hiccups along the way and he had a few ops or whatever.
“It’s unfortunate he wasn’t able to get the body fully right but it wasn’t for a lack of effort.
“He gave it a lot of work and rehab to try and get himself right.
“You’d ask him how are things keeping but I definitely didn’t see this coming at all. As I said, he’s a huge loss for Dublin.”
Almost simultaneously, Jim Gavin released a statement also paying tribute to Brennan.
In it, he described Brennan as “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.”
Attentions will now naturally turn to Alan Brogan and Denis Bastick and whether the eldest members of this year’s winning squad will follow Brennan or choose to go on.