Rowe is selected for Ireland U-23 squad
GER ROWE has been included in Pat Fenlon’s Republic of Ireland U-23 squad to face Belgium but there was no place for either Derek Pender or Paddy Kavanagh.
Pender has without doubt been of Bray’s best performers this season and will most certainly be in the running for the club’s Player of the Year award.
Kavanagh has also been one of Bray’s bright sparks and the club’s top goalscorer, but Fenlon doesn’t seem to think they are playing well enough to be included, something that has left Gormley confused, in particular with Pender’s exclusion.
‘ They’re two quality players. How Derek Pender doesn’t get into it is beyond me. For me he’s one of the top fullbacks, if not the top full back in the league. He’s been absolutely outstanding for us this year, he’s been so consistent and he’s never had a bad game for Bray. It just surprised me that he in particular hasn’t got a shout to come in.’
As for Rowe, he admits ‘Buzzer’ hasn’t enjoyed a first season to rival Fernando Torres’ at Liverpool but he is still 100% behind his number 24 and has every confidence in him.
‘ I don’t think Ger’s been firing on all cylinders for us. When you look at Paddy and Derek they’ve probably been doing a little bit more than Ger.
‘ But Ger’s a quality player and I think it’s only a matter of time before he turns the corner you know. He’s got bundles of ability and hopefully all he needs is a big goal to get him going again for the runin until the end of the season. It’s a great achievement for him.’