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'It's Hugely Risky' - Ciaran Whelan Highlights Dynamic Role Of Laois Goalkeeper

'It's Hugely Risky' - Ciaran Whelan Highlights Dynamic Role Of Laois Goalkeeper

Laois were a point down at Wexford Park on Saturday evening when goalkeeper Graham Brody took it upon himself to initiate the move which would result in an equalising point for his side.

Wexford's Donal Shanley, believing time was all but up, had just taken a point from a penalty to put his side ahead.

It was not the first time in the game - nor this season - that Brody ventured upfield.

Speaking to Balls at the launch fo the Leinster Football Championship, Laois manager John Sugrue explained Brody is the man behind the adventurous tactic.

"I think Graham, to a certain degree, has done that himself," said the Kerryman in charge of Laois.

Graham is a very inventful guy and he's got an open mind to what ways he can positively influence how the team plays. We work with him on that front, encourage him and see if it fits into our gameplan. If it does, great, but if it doesn't, we'll have to curtail it. So far, he's been very influential for us.

On last night's Sunday Game, CiarĂ¡n Whelan highlighted Brody's role for Laois.

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"Graham Brody, last night, brought goalkeeping to a new level," said Whelan.

"You have to admire it, it was six or seven times he did this. The admiration I'd have for him is he chooses the right time to do it.

"He's very comfortable in possession.

"It is a risk, a huge risk and he maybe struggles to get back. He maybe needs to get back a bit quicker."

During the first half, Brody burst upfield, finding himself in possession at centre-forward and was then nearly found in front of goal with a pass.

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It was for Laois's equalising score where Brody's dynamic role really had an impact.

"He shows leadership here," said Whelan.

"The last kick-out, he gives it quick and he goes. He starts the move, he puts them on the front foot. You've got to admire him for that, for the courage to go up - they're a point down.

"Maybe it's a new style, it's hugely risky. It's gutsy play, he can play a bit of football."

Sean Cavanagh, also speaking on the Sunday Game, was less positive about Brody's trips up the pitch.

"It's probably not advisable. It does create a chaotic situation - on both sides. It's good fun until something bad happens."

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