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Loughgiel’s Mr Dependable looking for more success

ULSTER CALLING...Paul Gillan is ready for Sunday's battle with Slaughtneil

ULSTER CALLING…Paul Gillan is ready for Sunday’s battle with Slaughtneil

WHEN it comes to Mr Dependable, Loughgiel don’t have to look too far down the teamsheet to identify their man.

Corner-back Paul Gillan will be one of the 15 players that will take to the field for Sunday’s Ulster final against Slaughtneil – something that has seemed to be a constant over the last two decades.

Indeed he has been lining out from before some of these Loughgiel players were even born, so it’s fair to say that he has earned his corn at this stage.

Amazingly, Gillan has only missed two championship matches in 20 years for the side.

“I’m 38 now and I don’t know how many (finals) I have left,” he said.

“I suppose it’s the same if you asked a fella of 24, sometimes they don’t know when their next game is.

“Life can throw all sorts of hurdles in your way but I have been fortunate enough to throw on the red and white jersey on quite a few occasions now.”

The full story, and the entire Ulster SHC final build-up, is in today’s Gaelic Life which is available in shops now or online here.

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