Andy Brennan “Our squad is young but ready”

Left Andy Brennan and South Hobart Coach Ken Morton

South Hobart FC have welcomed back their former striker Andy Brennan, after his mainland stint came to an end.

Brennan and South Hobart’s Coach Ken Morton spoke at a press conference yesterday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPL Victoria season will not go ahead. Brennan who was recently at Hume City FC said that the club encouraged him to make the switch given the current state emergency.

“Victoria announced that they were going into a 6 week quarantine,” Brennan said.

“As soon as that happened Nick Hegarty {Hume Manager} said I could go back to the state and play. I got back in contact with Ken who was happy to have me. As soon as that happened Nick Hegarty {Hume Manager} said I could go back to the state and play.  I got back in contact with Ken who was happy to have me.”

“It is really nice to be back.”

Brennan says that he is hoping to return to Victoria at the end of the year.

“I’ve got University over there,” he said. “Also my studies and work but I’m not thinking too much into it at the moment.”

Brennan said that the standard of NPL TAS compares well with NPL VIC.

“It’s changed so much since I was here,” Brennan said.

“Our squad is young but they have obviously learned a lot. They have got a great group of coaches. I was pretty impressed with the boys in that tough game v Clarence Zebras.

“Zebras were bigger and stronger. To see our boys close out the game and take it to them shows not only are they technically good, but also have the determination to put their body on the line and win the game. That is a sign of having mature players which is great.

“Wentworth Park is a tough place to go and to come away with the 3 points was great.”

Brennan made his return last weekend but was sent off after two yellow card offences.

His first booking was for entering the field of play too early and the second was making a reckless challenge.

“For me it was a bit of confusion for the first booking,” Brennan said.

“It is what it is. “To be honest I thought it was a pretty good challenge.”

(l) Piesse gives Brennan his marching orders as he exits the pitch. (c) Zebras Riley Dillon with the ball in hand prepares for a throw in. (r) Assistant Referee Emma Hall takes down the kit number as Zebras Coach David Smith looks on.

South Hobart’s Coach Ken Morton says that the suspension of one game for Brennan was harsh and wants to appeal the decision.

“We probably can’t do a lot about it,” Morton said.

“It’s harsh but it’s not so much the red card but more the second yellow. “We don’t think that it should of been issued but we will leave it at that and see what we can do.”

According to Football Tasmania’s website; The Tribunal cannot dismiss the expulsion (red card) and/or automatic one (1) game suspension from the player’s record. The Tribunal Request will give the Club and player an opportunity to present to the Tribunal a case for the reduction of the fixed penalty (except for the automatic game suspension).

Andy Brennan

South Hobart’s next game will be at home to Glenorchy Knights on Saturday afternoon.

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