Derry boss John Brennan has said that he feels sorry for star forward, Paddy Bradley, who has been ruled out for the season. Brennan, feels that the player would have had a huge season and has sympathy for him on a personal level, as well as admitting he is a huge loss to the Oak Leaf side.
Bradley has been ruled out of Derry’s campaign with a cruciate ligament injury and Brennan is disappointed that Bradley will not now have the chance to show what he can do at the highest level. In an interview with Gaeliclife.com Brennan said:
“It’s Paddy as a person who I feel sorry for, outside of the GAA. He was playing very well and proving a lot of people wrong. I know he had his problems with the previous two managers, but Paddy and myself have been reasonably friendly down through the years and he has been exceptional for me, a role model. I just feel sorry for Paddy Bradley as a person. He has been criticised unfairly in the past, and I think he’s the real loser here. He was training four or five times a week, he won four Man of the Match awards out of our 12 games, and as far as I’m concerned he was heading straight for a second All-Star.”
Brennan also said that he expects a tough test from Fermanagh on Sunday, despite the fact that the Erne men are missing a number of star players:
“It will not be handy. We look back at the last encounter, Derry against Fermanagh in the semi-final on a Saturday evening at Omagh. Fermanagh came out on top and deservedly so. Exactly the same could happen to us. We’re weary of the opposition. There has been plenty said about Fermanagh’s strife – I don’t listen to it. If Fermanagh come out fighting then they’re dangerous. If we win by one point then I’ll be happy. I just wish we were underdogs. We have to carry the favourites tag, and if we don’t then Fermanagh will beat us.”