“Between the two of us, we’ll work something out,” was as far as he’d commit when asked if he would be assigned the role.
In Canning’s absence for the first two of Galway’s league games, Tommy Larkins man Flynn was given the placed ball job and duly stuck over a late free to beat Clare in the Division 1A opener.
When Canning returned to a starting berth against Cork, Flynn remained on the frees before Canning was the chosen man as Flynn was named on the bench for the final round game against Dublin. In the quarter-final defeat to Waterford, Canning was again on duty.
But should Anthony Cunningham gives Flynn the free-taking nod for Croke Park, he’ll bear the extra responsibility lightly.
“I’ve been taking frees all my life as a youngster with my club and I took them underage with Galway as well. It is what it is. You get what you put into it and if you know you’ve the practice done, you know you’ll do well. Just keep your eye on the ball and follow through.”
Cunningham was effusive in his praise for the U21 forward after he sent over the free from the sideline to see off Clare in Salthill in February, a conversion that said as much of his character as his technique.
“I’d missed a few frees before that so it was a big pressure free. If you know you’ve put in the hours, you’ll get the rewards.
I could hear the energy of the crowd but I knew myself in my head that I had to score it. I said to myself it’s a great chance to get the winner here, a minute left and a draw game.
“I took the opportunity and it was very good for me, did my family proud, I was delighted with it.”
Flynn is anticipating a game full of formidable hits considering both sides will field several players with considerable frames. “Ourselves and Dublin have a lot of big men. It should be a good, physical game.”