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Friday 9 December 2016

Patience and hard work the key traits for increasingly influential Andrews

Dublin’s Paddy Andrews with Lisa and Seán Murphy from Aughrim, Wicklow, who were in SuperValu, Knocklyon
Dublin’s Paddy Andrews with Lisa and Seán Murphy from Aughrim, Wicklow, who were in SuperValu, Knocklyon

Paddy Andrews has highlighted the virtue of patience after a season that started slowly before springing into life with a series of exceptional displays en route to Dublin regaining the All-Ireland title.

The St Brigid's clubman was deprived a number of opportunities to press his claims over the spring but by plugging away at training, Andrews was eventually handed the chance with his compelling form making him an instant selection as the summer progressed.

"Personally, you are trying to get into the team and try to play as much as you can," said Andrews, who made his Dublin debut under Pillar Caffrey back in 2008. "I didn't play as much in the National League as I would have hoped and you can see the competition with the guys we have there with five or six guys that are in that position as well, trying to push on, trying to get into that starting 15.

"Thank God for me, it went well and probably came at the right time of year against Fermanagh and in the All-Ireland Series and it kicked on from there. Really, you get those performances from seven to eight months work prior to that and that really stands to you.

Worked

"You mightn't necessarily be starting every game in the National League but you're still training away and trying to be ready when you're called upon and thank God it worked out for me," added the 27-year-old. Given the attacking options that manager Jim Gavin had at his disposal, it was hardly surprising that Andrews wasn't involved all the way through the season.

However, by impressing in training, the ethos of the management team ensured he would be afforded an opportunity and it was a matter of vindicating that decision from Andrews' perspective.

"Jim (Gavin) has been pretty fair with everyone. He's probably not the type of manager that puts the arm around you or builds up confidence or things like that. He's very fair in that regard and for me, I just got the head down and trained away during the summer, and if he calls upon you and you deliver the goods, he's going to keep you in the team and as players, that's all you want.

"If you are on form, you'll get the opportunity and Jim has said that since he came in on Day 1 and he has been true to his word," added Andrews who concluded the season by scoring 0-2 in draw against Mayo, 0-5 in replay and 0-1 in final victory over Kerry..

Whether in Croke Park or elsewhere, Andrews has no problem with Dublin moving out of their spiritual home if called upon.

"We'll go wherever. We've always said that and it's really not our decision but we'd enjoy going down and performing in Nowlan Park or wherever and as players we're definitely open to it."

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