"I was told your skills aren't up to scratch"

May 04, 2021

Dublin's Paul Flynn.
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Four-time All-Star Paul Flynn says he was told his skills weren’t up to scratch after initialling breaking into the Dublin squad.

Flynn would go on to win six All-Ireland SFC titles during a glittering career with the Dubs but, speaking on We Become Heroes, an RTE Sport podcast, he revealed that team mate Bernard Brogan and Donegal’s Michael Murphy, whom he went to DCU with, taught him a lot when it came to ball striking.  

It proved to the Fingallians man that it’s never too late to improve on your skills.

"I remember my first game when we had squad game, and I hit a few big shoulders, I was only a young lad, and these were seniors, I kind of held my ground, and they were impressed with that,” said Flynn.

"But I was told your skills aren’t up to scratch, but I got the opportunity, I got into door and I said, I’ll work on this and a lot of players don’t get that opportunity.

“I was lucky that they identified the raw talents. I think more coaches should look for that raw talent and try and work with it rather than picking someone who they see as being the finished article."

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