Friday 9 December 2016

Brogan: Marc led way in his generation

Tom Rooney

Published 13/10/2016 | 02:30

Alan Brogan has lauded Marc Ó Sé as the greatest corner-back in a generation following his retirement from inter-county football yesterday. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Alan Brogan has lauded Marc Ó Sé as the greatest corner-back in a generation following his retirement from inter-county football yesterday. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Alan Brogan has lauded Marc Ó Sé as the greatest corner-back in a generation following his retirement from inter-county football yesterday.

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Ó Sé, 36, announced via a brief statement that he was hanging up his boots after 15 seasons in the Kerry jersey and Brogan, who faced the An Ghaeltacht club man in many one-on-one battles over the years, as well as playing alongside him in college for NUI Maynooth, was better placed than most to speak about his peerless defending.

Brogan was succinct but comprehensive in his tribute to Ó Sé, who won five All-Ireland titles, 10 Munster titles, three All-Stars and a Player of the Year award, in 2007.

Indeed, the pair became firm friends off the pitch, without ever tempering their rivalry.

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"We went to Maynooth together; we were good friends then and still would be now. He's had a great career and is probably the best corner-back of the last 15 years; I can't think of anyone much better than him.

"All good things come to an end, but he's had an amazing career and he'll be sorely missed down in Kerry. I suppose he's the last of the association with the Ó Sés of that great Kerry team."

The Dublin great also felt that one of the biggest compliments which could be paid to Ó Sé was that he was usually the man given the task of snuffing out the threat of the opposition's greatest danger - including the Brogan brothers.

"When we played Kerry in the early years, Marc used to always pick me up and then, when Bernard passed me out and I got pushed further out the field, he generally picked Bernard up.

"I suppose he always had that unenviable task of always picking up the opposition's main attacking threat."

Moreover, Brogan hailed Ó Sé's acceleration, in addition to the more refined aspects of his game which made him one of the greats.

"He had amazing pace and could play football as well, and was never afraid to go up the field and contribute offensively," he explained.

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