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24th Sep 2021

Kieran McGeary on Conor Meyler and how things just “clicked” this year

Lee Costello

“It clicked for the both of us, out of nowhere.”

Kieran McGeary and Conor Meyler have very similar stories, especially this year.

They were both classed as two good footballers, whose main attributes were based around fitness, determination and doggedness.

However, this year, they displayed all of those qualities and more, as they reached a whole new level in a footballing sense.

Both of them are now contenders to win the Player of The Year award, and it is pretty hard to split them.

“It’s been crazy, in 2015 that was only the start of it. Sometimes at that stage you might think, ‘This’ll be the finish of it’. But, no, Conor is a great lad, honestly,” said McGeary.

“You only have to look at the way he’s been playing over the last few years and perhaps this year in particular, maybe moreso it clicked for the both of us, out of nowhere.

“We didn’t really do a lot of talking away from football, we just got there, got the job done, got home type of thing.

“But it’s been class and out of all of them…2015, in the Sigerson, Meyler captained us that time and we had a deadly comeback against UCD in the final.

“What a weekend that was and now to win a senior championship with him has been fantastic too. Look, I’ve had a lot of good memories and journeys with a lot of boys on that team.

“Padraig (Hampsey) as well, in 2015 me and him were dead tight that time, captain and vice-captain. This year we’re captain and vice-captain as well.

“Even my own clubman, Frank (Burns), I’ve won stuff with club and then U-21s and now senior All-Irelands so I’ve been on a lot of individual journeys with boys.

“I wouldn’t say there’s one particular thing that made it all click, it’s just the way the year fell, honestly.”