Kitman Dick Redmond gives behind the scenes look at what goes on in the Irish camp

Republic of Ireland kit manager Dick Redmond is a much-loved figure among Irish players and fans.

After Ireland's qualification for Euro 2016, 'Kitman Dick' surprised the team in the dressing room by dressing up as Superman, becoming a viral sensation in the process.

Now he's given a rare insight into life in the Irish dressing room, revealing a few secrets that happen behind closed doors.

Talking about the impact Martin O'Neill has had on the team, Redmond said the team talks are incredible.

"When the boss talks, it goes really quiet. They walk out, and they’re a little bit taller. His team talks are just incredible. Fellas just want to go out there and die for the shirt."

Kitman Dick Redmond gives behind the scenes look at what goes on in the Irish camp

Redmond also revealed a lighter side of the dressing room telling of a fine system that's in place.

"Martin used to hate people with hands in their pockets. It's a fiver fine and we used to say it goes to the Kitman's Christmas Party.

"Roy used to be great. he'd say 'Look Martin, he has his hands in his pockets, quick quick quick.' So it's a bit of fun."

The "ordinary Joe-Soap" also shared a lovely moment he has shared with former captain Robbie Keane and current skipper Seamus Coleman before games.

"The last thing they do before leaving the dressing room is call me over to put the armband on, give me a little hug and out we go, we're ready to do battle.

"That makes you feel part of the team."

And with his Superman antics still on the mind, has Redmond anything planned if Ireland qualifies for the World Cup in 2018?

"There’ll be plenty more surprises I think coming from this end of the table."

We can't wait.


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