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New coach Ger not ready to quit


Ger O'Brien. Pic: Sportsfile

Ger O'Brien. Pic: Sportsfile

Ger O'Brien. Pic: Sportsfile

Veteran defender Ger O'Brien plans to carry on with his playing career while also holding down new coaching and development roles with St Patrick's Athletic.

O'Brien has just completed his sixth season with the Saints and he plans to be part of the squad for 2017, but there will be demands on his time.

The 32-year-old has been appointed as Director of Football for the Saints' underage sides, while he will also help coach the first team.

"The League of Ireland underage pathway is finally coming to fruition and will help continue the brilliant development work already being done by schoolboy clubs up and down the country," says O'Brien.

"I'm also looking forward to being a part Liam's coaching staff. A lot of hard work and time goes in to attaining your badges and I'm thankful Liam has given me an opportunity to work on the pitch with top quality players on a daily basis.

"I'm not retiring just yet, but a new chapter in my career is beginning and I look forward to it being at St Pat's."

Youngsters Rory Feely, Darragh Markey, Jamie McGrath and JJ Lunney have all come through to the Saints first team in recent seasons.