Eoin Brosnan insists Paul Galvin could have fulfilled a role at centre-back for Kerry despite having an indifferent game there in a recent challenge match.
Brosnan, who retired from inter-county football in December, lined out for the county and Munster champions against Galvin and Kerry in the game the weekend before last.
“I know that he was playing in the role at centre-back, Daithi Casey was on him and they had a good battle. It was a new position for him and, even when I went centre-back, you’re trying to say ‘am I filling a space here in front of the full-back line or marking your man?’ A lot can be read into challenge games and he was going to take a little bit of time to get into that position.
“The other thing about challenge games is that you don’t prepare as well as you would for a National League or Championship game, where your sole focus is on the team and you’re looking at systems.
“With a challenge game, it’s kind of off the cuff. I wouldn’t read a whole pile into challenge games in general.”
Brosnan was surprised by Galvin’s decision, having spoken to him at the game. He would have seen first-hand how capable his former team-mate was as a defender from their UCC days.
“It was Jack O’Connor who reinvented him as a wing-forward. When I was at UCC, he was a fantastic wing-back. I remember in 1999 on the UCC panel that got to an All-Ireland semi-final as well, he got Munster Club Player of the Year.
“I reinvented myself as a defender as well, I had never ever played in defence before 08-09 with the club. It was certainly well within his capabilities.”
Galvin’s concerns about the scrutiny modern day inter-county players are put under resonated with Brosnan.
“I can see exactly where he’s coming from and, even myself, that would have been a factor in ‘09 when I stepped away from it. The public profile of an inter-county player, it’s not that easy, and he had it multiplied by 10. It’s not that easy but, having said that, there’s a balance because he’s making a career out of that (media attention) at the same time. So he has to put up with a certain amount of that.
“I’d be a quiet enough individual and that you’d be walking down the street and you know, everyone knows you and what not. There’d be hidden sides to it, where you’re getting letters in the post, some good, some bad and you’re doing this as an amateur. I stepped away and when Jack O’Connor asked me back, I had a good couple of years and I enjoyed the last couple of years probably more so than I did earlier in my career.”
The 33-year-old was impressed by how an inexperienced Kerry side performed against a Dublin team that were able to call on a stronger bench on Saturday, and he predicts a good season ahead for Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men.
“I think they’ll be very competitive in the summer. When you have a team with the likes Declan O’Sullivan, Colm Cooper, Darran O’Sullivan and James O’Donoghue in offensive positions, they are going to take a lot of marking. I’m not saying they’ll be winning All-Irelands, though obviously that will be the goal, but there has been a lot of doom and gloom saying it will take a few years.
“But I know Eamonn and the lads will be looking at this year. There’s only so many years left in some of those names I rattled off.”
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