Ger Brennan set to retire from inter-county football

Ger Brennan, lifting Sam Maguire in 2013
Ger Brennan, lifting Sam Maguire in 2013

Ger Brennan is expected to officially call time on his Dublin career today – two years after he was last able to don the Sky Blue jersey.

The two-time All-Ireland winner has been blighted by recurring injury issues over the past two seasons, and that’s bound to have been one of the factors in his anticipated retirement from inter-county action.

Brennan will continue playing club football with St Vincent’s and actually returned to competitive championship action on Saturday – he helped the reigning Leinster kingpins advance to the Dublin SFC quarter-finals following victory over arch-rivals Ballymun Kickhams.

But the 30-year-old has decided his county days are over – an understandable call given an ongoing Achilles heel problem which scuppered any game-time with the Dubs over the past two seasons.

He made his SFC debut off the bench in the 2007 Leinster final against Laois and subsequently established himself as Dublin’s centre-back mainstay, initially under his clubmate Pat Gilroy and then during Jim Gavin’s first season. He was No 6 for Gilroy when Dublin ended 16 years in the All-Ireland wilderness, against Kerry in 2011.

He added his second Celtic Cross in 2013, bouncing back from a difficult semi-final against Kerry to kick a key point in the home straight against Mayo.