Sunday 23 July 2017

'It's strange having him as a teammate' - Alan Brogan adjusting to life with Paul Galvin at Plunkett's

Paul Galvin of St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Round 1 match between Ballyboden St Endas and St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Paul Galvin of St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Round 1 match between Ballyboden St Endas and St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

St. Oliver Plunkett's forward Alan Brogan has said that 'it's a bit strange' having former Kerry rival Paul Galvin down at the Navan Road club but that Galvin has settled in nicely after coming out of retirement to resume his club football career in Dublin.

After spending 17 years playing his club football with his local club Finuge, Galvin came out of retirement earlier this year to restart his club football career after spending a year playing club hurling with Kilmacud Crokes following his retirement from football in 2015.

The three-time All-Star kicked one point in Plunkett's 2-10 to 0-13 win over Ballyboden St. Enda's on Thursday night while Brogan was held scoreless after coming off the bench for Darragh Brogan.

The former Dublin forward said that it was a bit strange having Galvin as a teammate at first, but that the 37-year-old has settled in well at his new club after announcing his decision to play in February.

"It was a bit strange and I'm sure for the rest of the lads thought it was a bit strange as well," Brogan told Newstalk after game.

"But he's settled in very quickly and he's a very committed footballer, as he always was with Kerry, and I think he's very committed to this now with us as well.

"Obviously he didn't have to prove himself to guys, but the commitment he's shown here the first couple of months, guys have really warmed to him and it's great to have him. He's had a really positive influence around the place."

Asked what Galvin can bring to Plunkett's as they go in search for a maiden Dublin Senior Football Championship, Brogan said Galvin can bring some physicality to their forward line.

"I just think he has a lot of experience out there and you can see that when  he gets the ball he never gives it away. He has a very a calming influence on the guys around and I think he’s had a very good impact here.

"He's only been here a couple of months but you can see that he's settled in quite well out there and that he certainly didn't look out of place.

"I think for himself as well it's a great challenge for him to come back. He's a couple of years out of the game now so I'd say to come back to that level of football I'd say he enjoyed it out there. We all know the type of guy he is, he loves that physical challenge to the game and it's great to see him out there."

 

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