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Monday 11 December 2017

'Garrison game' only show for Dinny

Pats’ Dinny Corcoran Photo: Sportsfile
Pats’ Dinny Corcoran Photo: Sportsfile

Dinny Corcoran will definitely not be a dual star across the codes this season as he's knocked his GAA career on the head.

The 2016 season at St Patrick's Athletic is a sort of homecoming for the much-travelled striker as he began his League of Ireland career with the Saints' U20 squad a decade ago but never made the first team and went on to have a career with Sporting Fingal, Shelbourne, Drogheda United, Bohemians, UCD and Sligo Rovers.

Corcoran is also a keen Gaelic footballer, but his grá for that game got him in trouble last season when he played for his local club, St Patrick's (Donabate), without the permission of his then manager at Sligo Rovers.

"The GAA was never as important as the soccer to me, I just played for my local club because my brother and my friends are all there," says Corcoran. "Liam Buckley spoke to me about it before I signed here, he said I can't do both so I knocked the GAA on the head.

"I got in trouble with Sligo, and rightfully so, for playing GAA that time last year, I shouldn't have done it, I was just frustrated at not being in the Sligo team and I got found out, it won't happen again," he added.

"I'm happy to be back in Dublin as last year at Sligo was a disappointment, pre-season with Pats has been great and I can't wait for the season to start now," says Corcoran ahead of tonight's game at home to Galway United, the 27-year-old aware that he faces a battle to get into the Saints side.

"Christy Fagan has been great for Pats so it's going to be hard to get in ahead of him.

"I am looking to improve on a personal level and I know that Pats want to make a real challenge as well, I want to win things here," the Saints striker added.

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