Q&A with Drogheda’s Killian Brennan

Killian Brennan is home.  Drogheda born, he hails from a family where football is inherent.  From Drogheda Boys as a youngster to Home Farm and then on to Peterborough United.  But the League of Ireland came calling again and a move to the now defunct Dublin City proved a worthwhile stepping stone in his career.

Success followed with Derry City, St Patrick’s Athletic, Bohemians and two sojourns at Shamrock Rovers.  This season sees him back at his home-town club.  Adept and erudite on the workings of the league, his experience will be critical.  Particularly in a one-off season like this, which sees three teams relegated, his Drogheda side will be seen by many as a candidate for the drop.

But Brennan doesn’t necessarily see it that way.  Here, he talks to Brian Strahan, ahead of the coming season.

Brian Strahan:  How does it feel to be back home?

Killian Brennan:  Well pre-season has gone well and feels great to wear the jersey.  Something I always wanted to do.

BS: Does it mean more to you than other clubs?  Because it’s your home-town?

KB:  Yeah, well it’s my hometown club, I grew up watching them, so it’s good I get a chance to play for the claret and blue.

BS:  Is the compromise though that you are playing for a club who can’t challenge in the same way Shamrock Rovers can?

KB:  Yes, it’s going to be different to what I’m used to.  I think if we stay in the division with three going down it will be a great achievement.  Hopefully it will be something to build on if we stay up.

BS:  Would survival in a year this hard, be as fulfilling as say a top three finish with Rovers?

KB:  With a budget as small as ours and obviously with the three going down – that was literally sprung on clubs – I’d say it would be, yes.

BS:  Was it fair how it was done?

KB:  In my opinion, even if I wasn’t a Drogheda player, I don’t think it was.

BS:  Why?

KB:  Well it’s not like they said half-way through last year there’s going to be three relegated the following season.   It’s just sprung on clubs and I think now that I am a Drogheda player, there’s a certain amount of pressure with two extra teams to go down.  But again, I’m looking forward to the challenge.

BS:  This season you’re playing with two of your brothers.  What does that mean to you?

KB:  I played with Gavin at Rovers.  It means nothing if we don’t reach our goals as a football team.

BS:  How clear is Pete Mahon [Drogheda United manager] then in setting out a seasons goals?

KB:  We haven’t spoken about that, but Pete has been around the game long enough to know how to get the best out of his teams and hopefully we’ll be organised.  We might sit down tomorrow after training and make a few {goals}.  I think it’s a good idea – certain players don’t have it in their heads what’s needed out of a campaign.  We have a lot of inexperienced lads.

BS:  Your experience will count for a lot.

KB:  The likes of myself, Gavin [Brennan], Sean Thornton, Sean Brennan and Steven Elliott, probably the most experience we have.  Hopefully the young lads are willing to listen and work hard, which will be pivotal on us achieving what we need to do this year.

BS:  Is getting through to younger lads a big challenge?

KB:  Depending on the young lad I suppose and whether or not they respect what you’re trying to tell them.  But between our coaching staff John Gill and Mark Kinsella – that’s more their jobs.  I try and concentrate on getting the best out of myself for the team.  But again, if any young lad asks me anything I obviously do my best to help them.

BS:  Do you envy the young lads or are you happy to be at this point?

KB:  No, I’m very happy to be at this point, I’ve had a great career to date.  For me the leagues gone a little stale.

BS:  Stale, how?

KB:  Well their trying to shake it up or revamp the league with two, ten-team leagues.  Also teams in the last three, four, five years, haven’t invested a penny or upped their budgets to challenge Dundalk.  Maybe Cork have and Shamrock Rovers had massive investment this year in the off-season.  But for everyone else the gap, for me, is only going to get wider and wider, regards league table status.

BS:  In that sense is the success of Dundalk in Europe a good thing or not?

KB :  Can’t see it being a good thing in all fairness.  Like I said, the gap should only get wider and wider with the monies available to Dundalk.  They one hundred percent deserve their success though, because it was brilliant what they achieved last year.  But for the league has a whole, it’s bad news.

BS:  Will you see out your career at Drogheda?

KB: Who knows.  See how this season goes and take it from there.

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