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Hangover cured


Ger Brennan. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ger Brennan. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ger Brennan. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN footballers will go chasing more Leinster glory with a clear head this Sunday, free of the All-Ireland "hangover" that ultimately dragged them down last summer.

Ger Brennan, a key defensive cog in Dublin's smooth-purring machine of 2011, reckons the resultant, never-ending circuit as feted champions left them drained for their failed defence of Sam Maguire.

"I wouldn't say (it was) complacency," Brennan told The Herald. "Everyone who played last year tried their damnedest. Personally, I felt it was probably a hangover from the previous success.

"You were still being presented in local clubs or social events or what have you, as All-Ireland winners. So there was no end to the success, from nearly 12 months previous.



"Mentally it became quite tiring," the 28-year-old centre-back admitted.

"As players we wanted to move on, we wanted to get going again, but up until we suffered defeat against Mayo . . . for me anyway that was the nail in the coffin. That was the end of that."

Brennan was "disappointed" for Pat Gilroy when mounting work commitments prompted his clubmate's departure as Dublin boss.

But he has relished the chance to work with Jim Gavin, who is now seeking another Leinster title – Dublin's eighth in nine seasons – against old rivals Meath on Sunday.

"I try to embrace new challenges and Jim coming in, for me, was quite a positive," said the St Vincent's man.

"I was looking forward to see what he could bring out of us."