Monday 25 September 2017

Broderick believes extended summer can give Carlow 'platform' for bigger things

'Broderick was also the hero in their Leinster Championship win over Wexford with a ten-point haul' Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
'Broderick was also the hero in their Leinster Championship win over Wexford with a ten-point haul' Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Carlow's star forward Paul Broderick says that he is having the time of his life with their extended championship run this summer and a televised encounter with Monaghan to come this evening.

Broderick kicked a brilliant 1-6 for his side as they claimed a third win of the summer last weekend and accounted for Leitrim at Netwatch Cullen Park - it's the first time since 1944 that they have managed three championship victories in a season.

Broderick was also the hero in their Leinster Championship win over Wexford with a ten-point haul and he has amassed 1-25 over his four games to date.

But a fourth win of the championship against 2015 Ulster champions Monaghan would be the biggest win for Carlow football since their sole Leinster final win in 1944 and he says they are ticking off their goals as they go along.

"I wouldn't be great on my history but I don't think it (four wins) has happened in recent times. At the start of the year, we were ranked in the high 20s and we set out with a target to get into the top 20. We are in the last 16 now so it's bonus territory and we'll keep going please God.

"Monaghan had a win at the weekend, so who knows? Whatever team is put in front of us at this stage we'll take."

Injury has been a regular companion with Broderick in recent times and a long-standing leg injury hampered his 2016 campaign severely.

A calf niggle meant he didn't train too much in the lead-up to Carlow's win over Leitrim last week, and he played the second half with a large strapping, but he says it's nothing that will hamper his efforts this weekend.

"My calf has been at me all week, I didn't do a whole lot of training, but hopefully it will be okay.

"The management were able to take a couple of lads off early so hopefully it will be alright for next weekend. It'll be fine.

"For any footballer staying injury-free is massive. I can definitely attest to that. For me speaking personally, I am having the time of my life at the moment. I want it to go on forever. I'm delighted.

"We have the platform to go and push on and set a path for us. We're delighted, it keeps us going - who knows what's next?"

Irish Independent

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