INTERVIEW: "I Loved Being A Belvo Boy" - Sean Brennan After Move To Southampton

(05 Jul 2017)

By Jamie Moore
















Belvedere veteran Sean Brennan has officially signed for English Premier League club Southampton.

Sean joined our Academy and then played from U8 to U16.

He turned 16 this week, and is now officially a Southampton player.

Everyone at Belvo would like to wish him the best of luck with his new life and career in England.

Sean has been speaking to, and began to telling us what it feels like to finally be a Southampton player.

“It feels good to officially sign for Southampton.”












Having been on trial to ten different Premier League clubs over the last three years, why Southampton?

“Southampton just felt like the best fit for me. We have fantastic facilities here and a good pathway for youth players to break into the first team. I took my time over the decision and had lots of good options, but my parents told me to go with my gut we’ll and I’m very happy to have signed.”

So what awaits for Sean over pre-season?

“I can't wait to get started with preseason. We've a trip to Germany and to Italy before the season starts which will be good.  I just want to play regular football for the U18s and hopefully get a few games in the U23s this season if I can.”

Sean decided to sign for Southampton last year, and has been over and back for training camps and games across that period. He says that will help him settle even quicker.”

“Yeah the fact that I’m already comfortable in my surrounding will help me a lot I think. I know what's expected of me and I've the same host family as last year so I'm settled in and can just concentrate on football.”













Belvo Boy

Like many Belvo stars before him, Brennan is a one club man, having spent his full schoolboy career in blue, with plenty of good memories.

“I've had some great memories at Belvo and I've learned a lot from everyone at the club. I’ll miss it a lot as it has been a big part of my life.”

“The coaches always let me express myself and made sure that we always tried to play the right way which has helped me develop so much more.”

“The things I'll remember most about being a Belvo boy are the fun we always had while playing and being allowed to impress ourselves and all the friends I've made for life.”

Captaining his team to the U14 All Ireland title, after a fantastic win over Cherry Orchard and the numerous individual awards over his team are some of his highlights.”

“Definitely being captain of the All Ireland final winning team and also getting Young Player Of The Year was really good. I also enjoyed the challenge of playing a year up at times, that's helped prepare me a lot for England as I’ll hopefully have opportunities to play above me age.”














Pic: With Belvo coaches Eddie Foy and Anto Duggan


“I have a lot of people at Belvo who I would like that thank. Eddie Foy, Anto Duggan (above with Sean), Paul Ussher, Simon Kelly and some of the other coaches from U8 to U14 and the Vinny Butler and Philip Manly and everyone involved in my early years at the club.”  

“John Moore, Jimmy Jackson, Andy Earley, Kieran O’Reilly, Gerry Brown and Jamie Moore then helped take me to the next level in my last 18 months at the club, playing a year above my age. The sessions were really good and we were one of the best teams and should have won a trophy for sure, having been in cup finals. That would have been a nice way to finish off.”












Sean’s Mum Susan and Dad Anto have played a massive role in his career at Belvo.

“My mam and dad have been amazing they always encouraged me to enjoy football and they told me to pick a club that I feel is right for me and to focus on doing what I love.”

“Every week they made sure I was at my Belvo games and training on time which wasn't always easy coming from Blanchardstown. They’ll come visit as much as they can it's hard but it will be worth it in the end.”

So what’s his plan moving forward?

“I need to stay focused on my football and keep working hard this is what I want to do so I'm 100% focused, hopefully my career in England will be as good as it was at Belvo.”











Good Luck

Belvo Chairman Jimmy Scurry has also been speaking to our website.

“I would like to congratulate Sean and his family on his move to England and everyone at Belvo wishes him the very best of luck.”

“Sean is a Belvo boy through and through and has made a fantastic contribution to our club on and off the pitch from when he came into Fairview Park to when he left the Clontarf Astro Complex for the last time.”

“He’s an excellent young footballer, has already played for Ireland at U15, U16 and U17 level and is now going to England to embark on the next part of his young career.”

“From myself and all of the coaches who have worked with Sean over the years, we’d again like to wish him luck, and thank him and his parents for his time at Belvo, he’s welcome back to Clontarf and like many of our former players, I’m sure we’ll see him soon.”
















Pic: Sean's last ever Belvo game

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