Injuries fail to quench Bohan’s determination

"I'm almost the Bionic Man. I guess the fact that I am playing at all is a miracle, maybe I should be called Lazarus," says Daniel Bohan.

Daniel Bohan first describes himself as the Bionic Man, then decides Lazarus is a more appropriate comparison.

The injury woes of the Austin Stacks footballer stretch back to 2008, the afternoon he put out his back when making only his second championship appearance for Kerry

Every summer thereafter has been littered with fractured shoulders, ruptured achilles, hamstring tears, crutches, slings, hospital visits and countless physio sessions.

Even this year, injury has prevented Bohan lining out for a full 60 minutes in the county championship, introduced off the bench in their quarter-final and semi-final victories.

“I have been unlucky with injuries,” jokes the 31-year old.

“The main thing is to get back into rehab as quickly as you can and get the mind focused. You just have to accept that it will take time and effort to get fit again and you must be mentally focused to succeed.

“I came on in that famous quarter-final against Galway in 2008 to try and put the shackles on Joe Bergin, did my back and was out for the semi-final.

“In 2009 I had my back operation. In 2010 I broke a bone in my hand. 2011 was my cleanest year with only a couple of hamstring problems.

“Since 2012 I have had three major injuries. That July I ruptured my Achilles on the run in to the Tyrone qualifier at Killarney. With about five minutes to go in a trial game in Tralee, ironically marking Kieran (Donaghy), I suddenly heard a pop at the back of my leg. It was my Achilles rupturing.

“This year I broke my shoulder and have missed most of the championship because of that. I had come back playing with Stacks in late April in the county league and then played in the club championship against Milltown/Castlemaine. In the replay I broke my shoulder. That had me out for about 10 weeks. When I returned I played county league against Listowel, played against Kilcummin and in the latter game I tore my hamstring.

“At 31, I’m almost the Bionic Man. I guess the fact that I am playing at all is a miracle, maybe I should be called Lazarus.”

Injuries aside, Bohan is determined the Tralee outfit grab this latest opportunity for Bishop Moynihan success. With Crokes out of the equation, their conquerors in 2010 and 2013, a better chance may not again materialise before the elder brigade depart the scene, or in Bohan’s case, is forced to depart.

“For some of the older lads it will be our fourth final and could possibly be our last. For us, we feel we owe it to ourselves. Just look at William Kirby who is 39, he is around a long time and it’s unbelievable that he has been starting at midfield on the team all year.

“It would be the highlight of my career because although I have two All-Ireland medals, I did not start in those finals. Winning with Stacks would be great.”


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