Daryl inspires as Horgans gear up for family affair
Colm Horgan knows what sacrifices a League of Ireland player must make to play English football.
He hopes to follow his brother's lead after a careful regime helped Daryl Horgan earn his place in Preston North End and the Republic of Ireland set-up.
A meticulous training routine, a carefully-watched diet, going to bed early and avoiding drink. Surely, there are more enjoyable things in life?
"I don't think so," the Galway United captain says. "I enjoy it. Think about it, I've got my college degree so I could be like a lot of my friends, working in an office from nine to five. When instead my job is playing football."
Tribesmen boss Shane Keegan made the commerce graduate skipper this season, which sees them in a relegation battle.
The 23-year-old fullback faces Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium tonight, where another Horgan brother, Kevin, is the second-string goalkeeper.
"It's great to see each other do well but when we're coming up against each other, it's good to get one up on one another," Colm says.
Although unlikely to start, Kevin (20) has learned a lot from Hoops No 1 Tomer Chencinski since a move from Galway United.
However, his first Rovers league appearance was a baptism of fire, suffering a 4-1 defeat to Cork City, in a start handed to him after Chencinski's wife gave birth.
"I think Kevin likes it in Rovers. It's a massive club. Obviously, he'd like to be playing more," Colm says. "Ultimately, he'll be better off. I'd like to have him at Galway but it wasn't to be."
For now, another Horgan sibling, Christopher, plies the family trade with Galway United, in the U-19s set-up.
All four brothers have dad Tom (coach with Salthill Devon and regular at Eamonn Deacy Park) to thank for their initial interest.
Daryl will inspire them to better things - Kevin and Colm have already travelled to see him face Blackburn. More trips are planned, although for Colm, moving to England is the ultimate dream.
"It'd be a huge ambition of mine. To get across, I'd have to have a few seasons like him before I'm even near. Sure, you never know."