BREWERS midfielder Stephen Quinn has praised goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara after making his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland.
Quinn has 18 Ireland caps himself so knows what it feels like to play for your country.
He said: “It’s the pinnacle, the best feeling you’ll have. It’s what you grow up in school writing about, to grow up and pull on your country’s jersey.”
And he was quick to praise O’Hara who arrived at the Pirelli Stadium on-loan from Manchester United this summer and who is now also a full international.
Quinn said: “It’s an amazing achievement for him to win his first cap and it’s something he’ll never forget.
“Kieran has been brilliant since he’s come in. We knew it was going to be difficult to replace Brad (Collins) but he’s settled quicker than snow. He’s taken to the lads, been brilliant in the changing rooms and he’s got a brilliant future.
“It’s such an accolade to get your first cap for your country at such a young age. He speaks well, he’s so confident, he comes and claims the ball. We’ve kept a few clean sheets recently which he’ll be happy about. To have an international cap now, he can only get better from here and get more confident, if that’s possible.”
Both Quinn and O’Hara will be expected to start as the Brewers take on Coventry City on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
Quinn said: “We beat Coventry twice last year and they gave us two really good games. They liked to play ball and were really well set up.
“They’ve added in the summer with Kyle McFadzean and Jamie Allen, two really fine players, so we’re expecting a difficult game for sure. They’ve spent a lot in the summer bringing bodies in and it’ll be a really tough game. But we’ve been confident over the last two weeks so let’s see if we can get another win under our belts.”