Jim Gavin has paid tribute to retiring Dublin footballer Ger Brennan, lauding the centre-back for his “self-determination and self-sacrifice” to his sport.
Brennan yesterday called time on his inter-county career, having departed the Dublin squad in July owing to an Achilles tendon problem.
Curtailed by injury in recent seasons, he last lined out for Gavin’s side in the 2013 All-Ireland final win over Mayo.
The 30-year-old picked up two All-Ireland medals during his nine-year stint with Dublin and says he walks away with no regrets.
“I am sufficiently satisfied that I have fulfilled my boyhood dreams to wear the Dublin senior football team jersey and to achieve success on and off the field of play. I also feel sadness that a particular journey of my life is coming to a close, and I will miss everything that is associated with representing my county,” said Brennan in his parting statement.
“While the public might measure a team’s success by the trophies raised, I feel I have won far more through the life-long bonds and friendships I have developed with so many players and management throughout my career; and for these I am truly grateful.
“I have been fortunate to have played for Dublin every year since I was 13 years of age and it has immeasurably enhanced the quality of my life.
“I would like to thank the many people who have influenced my personal, spiritual and sporting development to date. Thanks to Jim Gavin, Pat Gilroy and Pillar Caffrey for placing their faith in me to wear the senior jersey.”
Captain of the All-Ireland club-winning St Vincent’s team last year, Brennan won widespread acclaim for thanking both “girlfriends and boyfriends” of the players during his acceptance speech that day in Croke Park.
“An outstanding leader both on and off the field of play, Ger inspired those around him by his actions of self-determination, self-sacrifice and dedication to his sport — all focused on the team being the best it could be,” said Dublin boss Gavin. “An exemplary individual and gentleman, Ger’s humility, poise and grace are a credit his family, friends and club St Vincent’s.”
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