By Paul Holland
Midfielder Sean Brennan is thoroughly enjoying his football as he begins his tenth season at senior level. Sean started out with Drogheda Boys before progressing to Drogheda United Under-21s at the age of 17. The second eldest of the Brennans went on to play with Monaghan United, Shelbourne, Athlone Town and Drogheda. Sean works as a barber in Mr. Toppers in Shop Street and is married to Debbie with two children Ella (4) and William (8 weeks).
It’s been a most unusual start to the new season, our first game postponed due to issues with floodlights and the second game postponed due to snow!
“Yes and not being able to train for four days didn’t help either! We know that we had problems with the floodlights but we had just recently played three pre-season games without any difficulty from the officials so it was very strange to find out after kick-off time that the match wouldn’t be going ahead. We were really fired up for the Harps match with a big crowd on the night and so looking forward to a good start to the season. With the Shels game being postponed last week, there was no comparison, as the whole country was covered in snow!”
At least today’s game against Athlone Town at home is a good chance to get the ball rolling!
“Well after losing their first game I would expect them to be a bit cagey and for the game to be cat and mouse for a while. We have a good group of players with a nice blend of experience and youth. We have plenty of young players well capable of coming through to senior level. James Carroll is still only 17 and looks to be a definite prospect for the future. Ciaran Kelly is another fantastic talent at the club and an outstanding defender. Chris Lyons is a very experienced player and will hopefully chip in with maybe 14 or 15 goals this season. If he can do that and players like Gareth McCaffrey and Lee Duffy play to their potential, I reckon we will score plenty of goals and hopefully be up there challenging.”
I remember you telling me a few weeks ago that you would be finishing your career back then with Drogheda Town in the Leinster Senior League!
“Yes that’s true! I thought I was finished in the League of Ireland back then. But as soon as the phone started ringing the buzz was back!”
Who do you think will be the team to catch in the First Division?
“I think Galway will be setting the pace as they have a full-time set-up and they have made some excellent signings.”
Tim Clancy has been singing your praises for the excellent assistance you have been giving the new players at the club.
“To be fair there are a few other senior players who look out for the new additions to the squad. Paul Skinner is another player with great experience at this level. I just try to make sure that that everyone feels very welcome at the club and build the togetherness needed for the whole season. The squad is already gelling well together and there is a great atmosphere in the camp.”
You have played under a lot of managers in your time. What is different about the set-up this year?
“Tim and Kevin have brought a new freshness to the club. It’s not that long since they were playing themselves so they have a great understanding of the players nowadays. They have prepared us so well for the new season but have also included a lot of ball work. They have already established an excellent connection with the players in a positive manner. It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season with the postponements etc but in the circumstances we are doing very well.”
Apart from the match today you have a busy afternoon!
“Yes our baby son, William, will be christened on Sunday afternoon so hopefully I won’t be too distracted!”