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Rules selection a ’dream come true’ for Glynn

08 October 2008

Wicklow’s Leighton Glynn
Wicklow dual star Leighton Glynn has revealed his delight at being named in the Irish International Rules squad.

Glynn becomes the first Wicklow man since Kevin O’Brien in the early 1990s to represent his country in the hybrid game, and is thrilled to have secured his place on the plane to Australia.

Recalling how the good news was broken to him by Irish manager Sean Boylan on Monday night, the Rathnew clubman said: "When I got the call I did not know what to expect and was a bit nervous. When he told me I was in, I almost dropped the phone.

"From the day I was called in for the first training session, I did everything to try and make an impression. It was very hard going and it was extremely competitive.

"But no matter how hard you try, you just don’t know what the selectors are looking for because of the type of game the Rules are.

"It is a dream come true to get into this Irish team because I know what the selections mean to every player. It will be great to be in a squad captained by such a star as Sean Cavanagh."

Boylan said Glynn, who can play in either defence or attack, is well worth his place in the squad.

"Leighton is one of the most whole-hearted players in the country. He’s proved that repeatedly in the many games he has played for Wicklow."