DUBLIN player Ger Brennan announced his retirement from inter-county football this morning.
In a statement issued through the GPA, Brennan said: “It is with both satisfaction and sadness that I announce my retirement from inter-county football. I am sufficiently satisfied that I have fulfilled my boyhood dreams to wear the Dublin Senior Football team jersey and to achieve success on and off the field of play. I also feel sadness that a particular journey of my life is coming to a close, and I will miss everything that is associated with representing my county.”
He added: “While the public might measure a team’s success by the trophies raised, I feel I have won far more through the life-long bonds and friendships I have developed with so many players and management throughout my career – and for these I am truly grateful. I have been fortunate to have played for Dublin every year since I was 13 years of age and it has immeasurable enhanced the quality of my life.
“I would like to thank the many people who have influenced my personal, spiritual and sporting development to date. Thanks to Jim Gavin, Pat Gilroy and Pillar Caffrey for placing their faith in me to wear the senior jersey.”
Brennan also paid tribute to his club, St Vincent’s, and the many coaches and volunteers who dedicated themselves to his advancement.
“A particular thanks to Mickey Whelan, a close friend and a mentor, whose blueprint permeates the person I am today,” he continued.
“To the Gaelic Players Association for their continued interest in my wellbeing and development, thank you. And to the Dublin County Board and the Dublin supporters, a sincere thank you for all of the support throughout the years.
“Finally, I would like to thank the Dublin players, my friends, my family and especially my parents, Mary and PJ, for always beihng there for me through good times and in bad.”