RETIRING Limerick senior footballer John Galvin has been described as an “exceptional footballer - one of the best in the country”.
Former Limerick manager Liam Kearns has led the tributes to Galvin.
“Pound for pound he is the best player that I have worked with,” said the former Limerick and Laois manager.
Kearns had Galvin as captain of the Limerick U-21 football team that won a historic provincial title and just failed to Tyrone in the All Ireland final and then as his midfield general until 2005.
“I had heard he was a good prospect before he came into us - from early on I could see that he was that bit out of the ordinary,” said Kearns this Thursday after Galvin confirmed his inter-county retirement.
“Absolutely nothing phased him - the bigger the game, the bigger the opponent, the better John was.”
“I can count on one hand the amount of times that he didn’t perform.”
Galvin and John Quane combined in midfield to give Limerick football a platform to reach new heights of Division One National League football and Munster final appearances.
“The one thing about John Galvin was that he had a huge belief in himself and his ability to influence games and a huge belief in Limerick football - right up until the end he believes that Limerick could win a Munster title,” said Kearns,
“He was a leader on a team were there were many leaders but he was spiritually the man that people looked to in the dressing room.”
“From a manager’s point of view he was the ideal type of player to have in a dressing room - you gave him a gameplan and he went out and performed it even better than you could have imagined.”
“I really can’t speak highly enough of him - like all top players he was mentally so tough. He played against all the top players and they all remember him. Nationally he was well recognised. I think in the so call weaker counties players have to be twice as good to get recognition but certainly for him John deserved an All Star.”