Premier League star doesn't think Kerry have missed the boat

September 09, 2019

Republic of Ireland star John Egan. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Sheffield United and Republic of Ireland centre half John Egan doesn't subscribe to the belief that Kerry left the Sam Maguire behind them eight days ago.

Egan, whose late father of the same name was part of Kerry’s famous four-in-a-row team, attended the drawn encounter at Croke Park, but will have to make do with watching Saturday evening's replay on TV as the Blades are hosting Southampton in the Premier League that afternoon.

When asked at a press briefing ahead of the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow if the Kingdom had missed the boat, the former Bishopstown GAA player replied: “No, I don’t think so.

“I think it’ll be another good game and the Dubs are good. But about 15 of the Kerry players were playing in their first final and that’ll stand to them.

“A lot of people say they left it behind, but I think it’s only the start for this Kerry team and hopefully the forwards can do well again and get them over the line.”

Egan added: “Even though the Dubs had a man sent off, up until then I didn’t think there was much in the game. 

“It’s going to be a big ask to beat Dublin, but Kerry have got to be confident and take a lot of belief from the last day.”

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