Brian Glynn breaks through the tackle of Daniel St. Ledger, Carlow
For Laois fans at home, the last few years have made for difficult viewing. Relegation to the lowest division in intercounty football and disappointing championship runs have seen attendances at home and away games dwindle over that period, understandably so.
For those fans living away, distance from home hasn’t made that experience over the last number of years any easier. For one current player, Portlaoise man Brian Glynn, who spent the last number of years in the UK, that has certainly been the case.
“Laois is my county and I'm very proud to be from Laois. You never want to see Laois go down through the Divisions.
Laois is my county and I'm very proud to be from Laois. You never want to see Laois go down through the Divisions.
- Brian Glynn
“Before I left for England, I would have played with a lot of lads at juvenile level. The likes of Johno, Kieran Lillis, the Kingstons and naturally you never want to see them lads go down.”
For Glynn personally he is relishing the opportunity to play at the highest level having been away for so long.“It is well-documented that I was away in England and I really enjoyed that time. But I am extremely grateful to get the chance to play with Laois and I am loving it at the moment.”
One of the more introspective county players you are likely to meet, Glynn isn’t getting carried away about his impressive performance against Carlow having been sprung from the bench when things were in the melting pot in the second half.
“I enjoyed it. I was on the bench but it was one of those games that for all the negativity people talk about, as a sub coming in, the one guarantee you had coming in was that you were going to get your hands on the ball because we were allowed to have it.”
Although he manged to raise a crucial white flag in that second period Glynn feels he possibly should have added to his tally. “I made a few individual mistakes after that and there is a lot of hard work ahead to rectify those. And they are the things I will try focus on.”
The many years travelling over and back to the UK for club and county commitments have not been in vain, and on the cusp of a Leinster Final, the ever-reliable Portlaoise man’s name won’t be far from team management's mind when they come to select what they hope will be a Leinster Championship winning side.