Monaghan continue to defy the odds. Normally, with their population per head, they shouldn’t be consistently competing at the top table as they have been for the best part of 15 years now. But as the old saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Conor McManus has carried his team over the years but 2021 was very much a coming of age season for Jack McCarron. Earning himself an All-Star nomination, McCarron appeared to be the lynchpin of the Monaghan forward line this year helping to ease the burden on his inside partner. The Farney faithful will be hoping for more of the same in 2022. This week we went ClubSpotting with Jack McCarron to Currin GAA Club.
What are your first memories of your club Currin?
My first memories would be going to train with the Under 10 team. My Dad was the manager and my sister was playing on the team with me.
Who were your sporting idols growing up?
Within my own club, I would have always looked up to Dick Clerkin. Outside of the club, I admired the way Colm Cooper, Ciaran Mc Donald, and Paul Finlay played.
What has been the proudest moment of your playing career?
Being able to get back playing with Monaghan last year after having a couple of operations on my knee.
Toughest opponent you have faced?
Colin Walshe. You get nothing easy when wicked Wendell is about.
Best Player you have played with?
Conor Mc Manus. Some people know him as Ciaran.
Any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Always put my right boot on before my left one.
What are your hopes and ambitions for 2022?
To stay fit and healthy and get prepared for another season with Monaghan.
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