Peers interview part 2
Here is part two of our interview with Gavin Peers ahead of his tenth campaign at the Showgrounds.
You can read back on part one of the interview here.
Despite the change of manager just before the start of the 2012 season did you still think we had a squad capable of winning the league?
“Yes I did with the players we had. You can’t just name individual great players, every player I played with was good in their own way. Keith Foy as well going back years ago and Liam Burns I learned a lot from. Conor O’Grady as well. They are all good players on their own in the way they play. That era we had players like Mark Quigley, Jason McGuinness who I think I had the best partnership of any player I’ve played with, we just had a good understanding from the word go. We just enjoyed it that year. Ian came in at the start of the year after Paul Cook left and we knew we had a good squad. We started with a draw and then we just went from strength to strength from there. I think the last minute goal we got in that first game really drove us on, we just never gave up.”
At any point in the season did you feel that the league was ours?
“It wasn’t until we beat Pat’s, we knew we had a good squad but Pat’s could have caught us. That was the best game I’ve ever played in, it’s my favourite because of the way it went. The way we started gave us such relief but then they came back and you’re thinking ‘oh no’. But then I won then penalty and Quigs took it and it was just relief then and we knew we had it.”
The club won the FAI Cup again in 2013 but you suffered an injury, looking back was it a bittersweet moment for you?
“It was tough. I enjoyed it at that moment and for a few days but then my leg got very swollen so I had to get that sorted out and it took a few weeks to get my leg straightened. Once I got the operation done I was back training within two days on my own and with Ray the physio during Christmas strengthening it and getting back. I got back quick enough, I think it was eight months and thankfully I’ve had no set back since. I just want to get back playing games now, get a good pre-season under my belt and hopefully go from strength to strength.”
You made your comeback against Banga in Rovers first European win in a long time with your son watching from just behind, that must have been a special moment?
“That was one of my favourite moments as well. It was a great picture with him behind me. It was just a relief to get back on the pitch. I was nervous but we got through. We played U.C.D. then a couple of days later and that was it then I was back. I played about eight games and then broke my ribs so I just wrote that season off.”
There is a new manager and a lot of new players for this year, are you optimistic Rovers will be successful?
“It’s a young squad, myself Keano, Raf I think we are the oldest so we have to be there for the young lads. I’ve got on well with them since they came in. I had them round the house the other day for dinner and they’re a good set of lads. There’s a few Dubs from around my area too so it’s easy to get on with them. I’ll help them as much as I can. The hope for me is to get back playing and get back to the way I was.”