Tuesday 6 December 2016

One outrageous statistic highlights the startling rise of Dublin star Brian Fenton

Published 02/10/2016 | 22:08

What an 18 months it has been for Brian Fenton.

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When the midfielder made his competitive debut for Dublin, the team - while not at a crossroads - certainly had something to prove after being ruthlessly exposed by Donegal in the previous year's All-Ireland semi-final.

Fenton got the nod in the last league game before the knockout stages in 2015, playing in the win over Monaghan. A further win over the Farney County in the semi-final was followed by victory over Cork in the league final, handing Fenton his first bit of silverware - and he has not stopped collecting trophies since.

As pointed out by the Irish Examiner's John Fogarty, Fenton has now played for Dublin 24 times.

He has won 22 of those encounters, drawn two more against Mayo and picked up two league titles, two Leinster crowns, two All-Irelands and an All Star (with the prospect of another All Star and the Footballer of the Year award to come) in the process.

Amazingly, the 23-year-old midfielder has yet to experience anything other than unqualified success in the Dublin jersey.

The team itself boasts a 27-game unbeaten streak, and it is no coincidence that the emergence of Fenton has prompted the side to reach such impressive heights.

It is too early to anoint him as anything other than a top player in today's landscape just yet, but if he continues this staggering upward curve, then he will leave an almost unprecedented legacy of winning behind him as he joins some of the all-time great midfielders.

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