Travel bug kill-ed off by Hoops
Brennan shelves globetrotting plans and signs up for Rovers ahead of Hibs
KILLIAN BRENNAN says that he postponed his plans to go travelling like many other twenty-something Irish lads and has instead signed up for another year of League of Ireland football with Shamrock Rovers.
The 27-year-old had lined out for Dublin City, Derry City and Bohemians since he returned to Ireland from England in 2005, but at the end of last season Brennan had decided to head off for a year's travelling.
His former boss at Bohemians, Pat Fenlon, had spoken to Brennan about a possible move to Hibernians but no formal contract offer was made, and an approach from new Rovers boss Stephen Kenny persuaded Brennan to stay in Ireland.
"My mind was made up to head off, I was going to go to South America or Asia, just head off for a year because of all that's gone on in Ireland in the last while and just go travelling, see a bit of the world," says Brennan.
"I had been speaking to Pat about maybe going to Hibs but there was no real movement on that. He was keeping me in touch but his priority for the moment is to get a centre half and a right back.
"But Stephen Kenny got in touch and offered me the chance to sign for Rovers and I decided to give it a go.
"I didn't take the decision lightly as I know it's a big deal for the Bohemians fans to see a player go to Rovers, but I'd like to think that the Bohs supporters will appreciate what I did in the few years I was there.
"If the club was stable I'd have been happy to stay but Bohs are going with a young squad next season and I needed to leave."
The rumour mill in his home town suggested that Brennan was about to join Drogheda United and make it a real family affair next season - his brothers Ryan, Sean and Gavin will all be in the Drogheda first team squad in 2012.
Gavin was on the books there last season and Ryan and Sean have moved from Monaghan United.
"There was a lot of talk around the town about that, I think people liked the idea of four brothers playing for the same club but it wasn't really an option," he says.
"The Drogheda-Rovers games will be interesting next season, I'll have three of my brothers out to get me in the matches. It's amazing to think that Rovers' first game of the season is away to Drogheda but I think the three lads are all suspended for that game."
Brennan played a lot of his football under Kenny at Derry as a left back but he hopes to win a place in the midfield for 2012, though he knows that's not easily done.
"I played a lot of games in central midfield for Bohs last season so I can play there, and I can play wide midfield as well," he says.
"But I know that lads like Gary McCabe and Billy Dennehy did really well for Rovers on the wings last season, so I know I won't just walk into the team, I'll have to fight for my place."
Rovers resumed pre-season training today, meaning that the players from last season's squad who were retained had only a month off since the final game of last season, that Europa League defeat by Tottenham.
Colin Hawkins, Daryl Kavanagh and Graham Gartland are the other new arrivals.