Thursday 12 December 2019

Flynn fully fit for Meath showdown

Dublin footballer Paul Flynn Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Dublin footballer Paul Flynn Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin's Paul Flynn insists he'll be fit for Sunday week's Leinster semi-final clash with rivals Meath in Croke Park.

Flynn was a late withdrawal from the team that beat Laois in the Dubs' championship opener due to a hamstring strain but he expects to return to full training with Jim Gavin's side on Sunday morning.

The Fingallians man turns 30 in a few weeks but insists his body is holding up well to the demands of inter-county life as he goes in search of a fourth All-Ireland medal.

"This is a hamstring strain," Flynn replied when asked if his injuries were getting harder to shake. It can happen at any stage of your career, no matter what age you are.

"From mid-January, I hadn't missed one training session through injury so you're talking about a five-and-a-half-month period.

"It might be my own fault, I might have jinxed myself because I was joking with the physios saying, 'I don't know what's going on in your life because I haven't been speaking to you'.

"The year before, we used to spend around two nights a week with one another because I was on the physio table all the time. It's just a tweak, it's not a wear and tear injury."

Flynn is in his tenth season with the Dublin seniors but insists there is more to come from a career that along with three Celtic Crosses, has yielded multiple Leinster and National League medals as well as four All-Star awards.

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"Personally, I feel fit. We do fitness tests and I'm always top five, so there's no issue there.

"As you get older, you might lose that sharpness of pace more than your endurance.

"You can always build your endurance. My game is based on endurance and pace, that five-yard dart isn't as important for me as it might be for an inside forward. That's my selling point for me!

"There's no doubt about it, it does become harder and you have to manage your training load a bit more.

"I'm not stupid, I got a great innings. This is my tenth season playing with Dublin this year and I've enjoyed every one of them.

"It's a cycle. I'd still be in contact with Alan (Brogan), who recently retired. You have to make the most of everything, you don't know what's going to happen or what's around the corner.

"I'm not a fool, I'm not getting any younger, I'm going into my 30s, there's not as many 30-year-olds playing as 20-year-olds."

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