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Sunday 22 October 2017

Brennan eyes pots for Pat's

Killian Brennan is presented with the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for May by Jillian Saunders, Airtricity. Photo: Sportsfile
Killian Brennan is presented with the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for May by Jillian Saunders, Airtricity. Photo: Sportsfile

KILLIAN Brennan admits that his ship has sailed when it comes to a move across the channel.

But that only intensifies his focus on the job at hand, ending a long and painful trophy drought for St Patrick's Athletic.

Brennan has picked up two league and two FAI Cup medals in his career, and this season he is the driving force behind a St Pat's side who have come from the sidelines to claim the lead in the Premier Division table.

By the close of business in tonight's games, the Saints could be 10 points ahead of Sligo Rovers, though the reigning champions will have two games in hand.

His form has been recognised with the player-of-the-month award for May from the Airtricity Soccer Writers' Association, though the fact that four Pat's players made the shortlist underlines how dominant the club have been.

 

STAYING

One member of the Saints squad is on his way across the Irish Sea, as Jake Carroll will join Huddersfield Town next month but Brennan, who has frequently been linked with a move away in the past, is staying put.

"I would have loved the chance to play in England again but that's not on the agenda for me now. I am just concentrating on playing for Pat's and winning things here," said Brennan, who had a spell as a teenager with Peterborough United.

"I am 30 next year, so I don't expect anyone across the water to come in for an old man like me, I am disappointed that it didn't happen for me. I did try everything in my power to get spotted and a move to England, but I am over that now. I am enjoying my life here, enjoying my football and long may that continue.

"I want to win things with Pat's. It's been a while since the fans here had a trophy to celebrate and this group of players are looking to change that this season."

A massive part of his success this season is down to the fact that he has been used in a central midfield role. For most of his 10-season League of Ireland career Brennan has been played as a left back or as a wide midfielder, but he has revelled in the central position handed to him by boss Liam Buckley.

"I have been looking at Killian over the years and I always felt that central midfield was his best slot," Buckley told the Herald.

"He was used out wide and as a full back, but with his ability on the ball, his passing and his knack for scoring goals, I always thought he would thrive in central midfield and thankfully that's been the case."

For his part, Brennan is delighted to have revived his career after an unsuccessful time at Shamrock Rovers last season. "Last year was a blip. Maybe that was down to be being played out of position, confidence was low and it wasn't a good year for me or for Rovers. But I have moved on to St Pat's now, I am enjoying my football, some of the best football of my career.

 

CENTRAL

"The central role here really suits me, but it's not about strolling around and waiting for someone to give you the ball. You have to work really hard in every game to stay in the team.

"I am playing in a fantastic team that is oozing confidence. We are flying at the moment, keeping clean sheets and scoring loads of goals. But having said that, we are aware that Dundalk away tonight is a huge game for us. I saw them against Drogheda United on Monday night and Dundalk were very impressive.

"If we can get the three points in Dundalk tonight it would be a massive boost for us as we head into the mid-season break," he added.

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