Monday 19 February 2018

Revealed: The proud moment Dublin star Kevin McManamon had been dreaming about all year

Kevin McManamon of Dublin in action against Killian Young of Kerry
Kevin McManamon of Dublin in action against Killian Young of Kerry

Michael Verney

THE goal of participating in the parade before the All-Ireland SFC final has been Kevin McManamon's aim for "the last four or five years" with his older brother Brendan admitting that he doesn't know how he handled the role of 'super sub' for so long.

After seeing his consistent brilliance with St Jude's over the past few years, McManamon is amazed that it has taken him this long to break into the starting 15 and revealed that his 2016 wish was to become a certain starter for Jim Gavin's side.

"It's mad to think that after all the years he's played, that he hasn't been in the parade in September on a big day. He's been focused on that for the last four or five years," Brendan outlined.

"He said to me in January that he wanted to start. He thinks he's good enough to start and he was going to keep chipping away until he got it. So it was only really a matter of time. I don't know how he dealt with it.

"He just always seemed to just get on with it. Jim kept telling him he'd a massive part to play and he wanted to finish with the best 15 at the end. He rallied in behind it and never complained."

McManamon feels the all-action attacker has earned more respect this year for his technical ability rather than his athleticism and expects him to become the club's first football All-Star, following in the footsteps of 2013 All-Star hurler Danny Sutcliffe, while the Footballer of the Year gong may be his if he delivers a big final.

"Jim is putting a bit more trust in him this year. He's in his peak. In the last two years he's really stepped up and came out of the shadow of the super sub role that he had.

"I think the style of football that he plays - he gets the ball and he's very direct and lads are getting a bit tired as the match wearing on. He's just getting the ball and going at them. He's a torture for defenders.

"Kev comes on then full of life then running at them but he can do that from the start and he's proved that he can chip in with three or four points a game. He seems to always get them at the right time, whenever Dublin need a bit of a lift."

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