GALWAY GAA: “I Was Probably an Average Enough Player” – EOGHAN KERIN 

Galway vs Sligo

Galway football defender Eoghan Kerin is grateful enough to have been given a shot by manager Kevin Walsh and is glad to be part of the set-up ahead of their Connacht Senior Semi-Final in Pearse Stadium this Sunday (3rd June). 

Kerin was speaking at AIB’s announcement of its five-year extension to their sponsorship of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

“Yeah, in my first year there were five debutants in MacHale Park,” said Kerin to Cian O’Connell from about his 2016 arrival into the panel.

“If you prove yourself in an FBD game or in the National League he (Walsh) will throw you in to give you your shot in the Championship.

“I’m grateful enough because I wouldn’t have been a lad perceived to have a big inter county career when I was younger. I was probably an average enough player, but he gave me a shot coming out of Under 21s and I haven’t really looked back.

“He (Walsh) is a lad that obviously you respect as soon as he comes in the door- anything he says, because he has been there, done that. When he came in it was just about embedding that little bit of in the sense that everyone in the squad now takes accountability.

“Kevin likes to put the focus on the players, as in it should be player driven. It shouldn’t have to come from five or six on the management team trying to drive it into you day in, day out.”

Galway meet Sligo in the 2018 Connacht Senior Football Semi-Final on Sunday, 3rd June.  Throw-in at Pearse Stadium is 3.30pm.