Longford corner back Dermot Brady looks to have brought the curtain down on his inter-county career.
Longford Slashers captain Brady made his championship debut nearly 17-years-ago against Wicklow in the first season of All-Ireland qualifiers.
However Longford manager Denis Connerton has revealed to Shannonside Sport that Brady had not rejoined the senior inter-county panel ahead of the O’Byrne cup campaign.
“Dermot Brady who has given outstanding service to Longford hasn’t re-joined us this year” explained Connerton, “so it looks like Dermot might be retiring from the inter-county scene.”
“Dermot is a massive loss to us” explained Connerton, “because he gives fantastic leadership qualities and is a player with huge experience, energy and enthusiasm”
Connerton explained that he will use the upcoming O’Byrne Cup fixtures versus Louth and Kildare to give debuts to a number of younger players.
“We’re not really all together” explained Connerton of his squad ahead of the O’Byrne Cup.
“The Mullinaghta players had an extended season in the club championship so they haven’t rejoined us, yet”
“We’ve lost a few players from last season and we have a few injuries, we’ve had Liam Connerton do his cruciate, Shane Kenny has had an operation on his shoulder, Joe Sweeney has had surgery on his ankle.”
So we have those guys injured, but we have all the players in Longford who want to play for the county we have them and they are very enthuasic.
Unfortunately not everyone in the county wants to play inter-county football, our style doesn’t suit everyone, but those who do, are very enthusiastic.
The full interview with Shannonside Sport’s Dave Hooper is available here