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'If a guy is living and working in the area and he wants to play Gaelic football, then why not?'

St Vincent’s defender Ger Brennan has defended the club’s use of imports.

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GER BRENNAN HAS defended the imports that helped St Vincent’s to their third Leinster title in four years on Sunday.

Enda Varley, Lorcan Smyth, Fiachra Breathnach and Brendan Egan all hail from counties outside of Dublin but ply their trade with the Vinnies.

There have been accusations that Vincent’s poach players but Brennan defended his club, adding that every player is part of the local community.

“Dublin is the capital of our country, there’s over a million people there living and working,” he told RTÉ Sport after they defeated Rhode by seven points in O’Moore Park.

“If a guy is living and working in the area and he wants to play Gaelic football, then why not?

“There’s definitely no policy nor has there ever been a policy within Vincent’s to be recruiting players or chasing players.

“You’ve Enda Varley there, Lorcan Smyth, Fiachra Breathnach and Brendan has been playing with us for years and years. All those guys are living and working in the area. They’ve added quite a bit to the squad this year.”

Brennan was black carded for a trip on Niall McNamee near the end of the first-half, but Ruairi McNamee failed to capitalist on the opportunity and missed the resultant penalty.

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“There was a tangle of legs. It was a peno definitely, but it wasn’t intentional so I feel somewhat hard done by,” the two-time All-Ireland-winner with Dublin said.

“It was a booking. Was it a black card? I thought a black card was for if you intentionally took somebody down and that wasn’t the case. If you look back on some of our Dublin championship performances this year we’ve been quite loose at the back and Mick has stood up to the mark with a lot of unbelievable saves.

“We weren’t surprised that he saved it. I suppose it took the sting out of a momentum change that was there for Rhode, with me going off, but Savo, he’s a super keeper.

“Looking at this Rhode team and how successful they’ve been in Offaly  over the years and indeed in Leinster without fully winning a Leinster Championship, we knew how tough it was going to be. We were very much tuned in and focused.”

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