Sunday 11 December 2016

Paul Galvin: 2015 season was disappointing – It’s unlikely I’ll play for Kerry again

Former Footballer of the Year yet to inform Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice of his decision whether to play for 2016 campaign

Published 12/11/2015 | 21:12

Paul Galvin action for Kerry
Paul Galvin action for Kerry

Kerry’s former Footballer of the Year Paul Galvin has admitted that 2015 did not turn out like he had hoped and believes a return to championship action next year is “unlikely”.

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The four-time All-Ireland winner caused a shock when he returned to the senior panel last March, 13 months after calling time on his inter-county career.

The 35-year-old was heralded as a huge addition to Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s All-Ireland winning panel, but was reduced to cameo roles from the bench as the Munster kingpins were defeated by Dublin in this year’s decider.

Injuries curtailed his early progress as he sought to reclaim a starting position in a highly competitive forward division. The Lixnaw native appeared off the bench against Cork in the provincial final replay victory and impressed when introduced in the facile win over Kildare in the quarter-final. However he did not feature against Tyrone and while he played the final thirteen minutes in the All-Ireland Final, could not prevent Dublin from claiming a third title in four years.

The decorated forward conceded the return was a disappointment.

“It was quite disappointing really. It didn’t work out the way I would have liked obviously,” he told Newstalk’s Off The Ball programme.

“I didn’t play enough.”

Galvin said that after his return to the inter-county fold in March, he had put down four good months’ work, but felt he struggled with the heavy training block between the end of the National League campaign and the championship opener with Tipperary.

“I ended up doing a lot of long distance, endurance running and then into intensive one-on-one running. At this stage I’m just not built for the long distance endurance.”

While he didn’t feel the training was suited to his needs, Galvin was conscious not to rock the boat after re-joining the panel.

“I put myself in the position. I kind of had to toe the line. It was difficult for me to say it didn’t suit me. It didn’t suit me, but it’s hard to make that call when you are in it," he told listeners.

Galvin tore a thigh muscle that kept him out of action for six weeks and by the time he returned he was straight back into an intensive training camp in Portugal, where he picked up another niggling injury and believes that put him “down the pecking order”.

“It was disappointing. After the Kildare game I was really happy where I was at. I felt really ready. I contributed at a good level that day even though the game itself wasn’t a major contest, but it was important for me. I felt I got to the pitch of things.”

Despite the disappointing season, the experienced footballer says he has no regrets with his decision to return.

“It was just something I felt I had to do. I went for it and I think I reached good levels. I reached really good levels in training, but that didn’t really transfer to the important days. That’s the disappointment.”

Galvin is now concentrating on his clothes collection and his collaboration with Dunnes Stores. When asked on whether he will make himself available to Fitzmaurice for next season, Galvin suggested that he may have played his final game for the Kingdom.

“I don’t know. I’d have to speak to Eamonn first. I think it would be unfair to be getting into that stuff without talking to Eamonn first.

“I would say unlikely, from a work point of view to be perfectly honest. I’ll have two collections on the shelves next year.”

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