Ger Brennan has seen his stock rise since missing out on Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Donegal, but it’s not something that sits comfortably with him, that just because he was absent through injury on that forgettable day means he has become a better player.
He’s heard enough of how he might have made a difference.
“Ah well yeah, people have said that. But, you know, Jim (Gavin) and his management team had a game-plan. If we look at ourselves honestly, players probably didn’t stick to that for the full amount of time.
“Are there some areas we could have learned from, offensively and defensively? Absolutely, and I suppose that’s learning that Jim and the management team will have to take into the next campaign.
“I’d love to have been playing, of course I’d love to have been playing.
Would I have done things different? I’d like to think I could have. But it’s very easy when you’re sitting on the sideline in comparison to when you’re caught up in the heat of battle.”
Brennan has taken more pleasure than most from captaining St Vincent’s to a second successive Dublin county title. It’s the most football he’s seen all season, having suffered Gilmore’s Groin and an Achilles heel injury.
Not that he regrets it but he feels his club’s All-Ireland run earlier this year deprived him of the chance to fully rehab the groin problem.
“In terms of recovery because I had a Gilmore’s Groin surgery on December 9. I had only a couple of weeks to try to do that rehab. I had a couple of painkillers and all going through games and I picked up the auld Achilles in the meantime too, which you’re hoping will go away. I probably left it too late then when I went back with Dublin. Eventually I needed surgery on it.”
Rest is what the 29-year-old needs, but he has a Leinster quarter-final with Portlaoise to contend with on Sunday week.
“If we keep on winning with St Vincent’s there’ll be no Dublin winter training so that will be great!
Would you like an auld block of two or three months’ solid rehab work? Definitely. But that’s not as it is so you adapt and do what you can and what you’re faced with.”
He has outstanding business with Dublin but it can wait. “I’d like to finish out my career on a high with Dublin. That’s something I’ll worry about when Vincent’s are finished.”
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