Sporting Limerick’s Adrian Finnin sat down with Jack Brady to discuss his Treaty career so far.
Treaty United shot-stopper Jack Brady has hailed the Limerick outfit as the best dressing room he’s played in his career so far as his first season with the side approaches the business stage.
The 25-year-old signed for the Airtricity First Division side after winning the competition with 2021 champions Shelbourne and he has cemented his place in the side ever since.
Treaty currently sit in fifth place of the First Division, eight points ahead of Wexford as they look to be in pole position to secure a play-off place at the end of the season.
Brady and co have hit a golden patch of form at the right time, with the FAI Cup run also still alive and part of this may come down to the feel good factor around the club at the moment, stemming from the players’ performances.
Brady gave the highest of praise for his team-mate’s mentality and dedication, hailing the Treaty dressing room as the best he’s been involved in.
“I think one of the main things is, the actual characters we have in the dressing room in terms of maturity, experience as a player, the levels they’ve played at – they’re very very mixed.”
“If you look at the dressing room and the players that Tommy, Dave, Mick and Brian have brought in, they’re all very humble, hard-working good lads who want to do well and I think if you have that as a base you can actually organise a team around that.”
Although Brady managed to get his hands on a First Division title with Shelbourne last season, things weren’t exactly ideal for the Ballina-Killaloe native.
The goalkeeper was second fiddle to Brendan Clarke who had signed for the club ahead of their title-winning season who would make 25 appearance for the champions.
Brady labelled the season as ‘bitter-sweet’ and it would leave him no choice but to seek pastures anew for the following season.
“It was bitter-sweet, I think it’s fair to say that. It was an unbelievable experience to go and win a league and be a part of a dressing-room that was winning every week.”
“To be a part of that where lads are constantly driving each other on, knowing that there’s pressure on every week to win a game, was an unbelievable experience and one I’m glad for but I would’ve loved to have played a bit more.”
Playing football at the level Brady has been at the last five or so years requires a lot of sacrifice and finding the balance between his commitments on top of work which is an issue many semi-professionals face at this level.
A teacher in his time outside of the sticks, the 25-year-old opened up on the gruelling schedule he faces that has become a custom for him after a lengthy career thus far.
“My day could be, get up at 7, go to school, teach all day, try and scoff some food. At 3:45, straight on the motorway, meet Success, Dean and Colin Conroy and straight down to training, train for 2 hours, get back home for half ten, lay all your gear out, get all your meals sorted and all of a sudden you’re in bed by 11:15 or 11:20 again, to do it again the next day!”
However, the dedication has paid off for Brady and his side as they look to round up their season with a semi-final in the FAI Cup and the play-offs.
Reflecting on the season so far, the goal-keeper was full of praise for the entire squad and management team who have all contributed to the side’s success this season and will look to wrap it up with a positive end to the season.
“To achieve the results we’ve achieved, overall, I think bar over the seven or eight weeks has been absolutely incredible, I genuinely mean this everyone has contributed across the board.
“You’ve had a very wide range of players playing, obviously loads of injuries and rotations in the squads, we needed everyone because we don’t have the resources of a Cork, Waterford or a Galway.
“I think we’re in a good position now to hopefully consolidate the play-offs over the next couple of weeks, based on the changes that the club have made.”
Next up for Treaty is Waterford FC this Friday evening where they can consolidate their play-off spot ahead of next weekend’s FAI Cup semi-final.
Watch the interview in full below: