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Darran O’Sullivan reckons Eugene Branagan will regret Down comments

Darran O'Sullivan

Darran O’Sullivan believes Kilcoo star Eugene Branagan will regret saying that Down don’t have a “winning mentality” and that he has no interest in playing for his county.

Branagan capped off the perfect club season by picking up the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year award on Tuesday, having played a crucial role in Kilcoo’s All-Ireland Club Football Championship triumph.

Despite his success at club level, Branagan has never played for Down, and admitted in an interview that he has no intention of ever doing so, while criticising the players on the county panel.

Former Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan was surprised by Branagan’s comments and took to Twitter to point out that the Kilcoo player has decided against trying to change any issues he believes are present in the Down set-up.

Eugene Branagan

Darran O’Sullivan on Eugene Branagan’s comments.

“Strange interview and one I think he’ll regret. Great to have the club medals but there’s a huge difference in standard between club and county. Easier to point at what’s wrong instead of being part of the change,” O’Sullivan tweeted.

When responding to a Twitter user who praised Branagan’s honesty, O’Sullivan argued that the Kilcoo man wasn’t in a position to be levelling accusations at a team he has never played for.

“I don’t think it’s refreshing if you’ve never been in said dressing room. As I said, easy to point fingers from the outside which is part of the problem, a lot more difficult to put your shoulder to the wheel and be part of the solution.”

Down have struggled without Kilcoo stars.

Branagan isn’t the only Kilcoo player to decide against playing for Down, which has significantly hampered Down’s efforts in recent years.

Down suffered relegation from Division Two of the Allianz Leagues after failing to win any of their seven games, which meant that a loss before the Ulster Championship final would see them miss out on the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Unfortunately for the Mournemen, they were put to the sword by Monaghan in their Ulster quarter-final and will play in the Tailteann Cup this summer as a result.

Just 12 years ago Down lost the All-Ireland final by a single point to Cork, although it looks unlikely that they will be Sam Maguire contenders again any time soon, especially if the bulk of Kilcoo’s best players stay away.

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