Monday 24 September 2018

Gavin's tribute to Brady: 'Tomás has had a stellar career ... we'll miss him'

Mattie McGleenan Picture: Sportsfile
Mattie McGleenan Picture: Sportsfile

Jim Gavin has confirmed that Tomás Brady won't be part of Dublin's quest for more league and championship glory in 2017.

But veteran midfielder Denis Bastick, 35, has signed up for another campaign.

Brady has been part of the panel for Dublin's All-Ireland triumphs in each of the last two years but found himself getting less and less game time last season.

The Na Fianna man's likely non-involvement this year had been flagged in recent days, and now the Dublin manager has confirmed it.

"Tomás won't be with us this year for work and personal reasons," said Gavin after yesterday's NFL opener in Cavan.

"Tomás has had a stellar career with us and, when he reflects on the trophies and medals that he's won, he and his family will be very proud.

"We'll certainly miss him. He's been a great leader with that group and when Tomás spoke everyone listened. He's a good character and the club are lucky to have him - and any organisation he works for."

Brady first made his senior mark as a hurler, excelling at full-back under Anthony Daly. The dual star switched inter-county codes for the 2013 campaign - Gavin's first season - but then suffered the second cruciate injury of his career early that summer.

Bastick will have turned 36 before the championship starts but, as a relative latecomer to senior inter-county, he clearly feels he has more to offer. So does his manager.

"Denis was out injured but he'll be back playing with his club, Templeogue Synge Street, the weekend after next," Gavin explained.

"They've just welcomed a second child into the family so he has a lot going on and needs that bit of space. He has a very busy job as well but he's very much on board."

However, it seems increasingly likely that Rory O'Carroll will sit out a second consecutive year.

"He's working away in New Zealand. When he comes back and starts to play football again with Kilmacud, we'll have a chat," said Gavin.

Result apart, the biggest talking point from Breffni Park was the quite staggering attendance of 16,331.

"If that's what's coming down the road for the next two months, we're going to have a great, great time," enthused Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan. "The crowd really raised us - I thought they were brilliant."

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