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Kyle McVey lets brave heart rule head for Linfield cause

By GRAHAM LUNEY

Who would you say is the one Irish League player proving people wrong more than anyone else at the moment?

Who is silencing the doubters – those who never believed he was good enough to wear the famous shirt?

Step forward Linfield defender Kyle McVey.

McVey picked up a head injury in the League Cup win over Glentoran and has been sporting a white headband while the wound which requires five stitches heals.

When a player dons this headgear there are inevitable comparisons with Terry Butcher, the former England favourite who spilled blood for the cause in a World Cup qualifier in Sweden in 1989.

Kyle may not be performing on the international stage but he's a player who relishes a battle and firm challenge in the manner of braveheart Butcher.

Before he was substituted on Saturday, the 27-year-old was sprinting into the Dungannon Swifts penalty area looking to get that bandage on the ball and perhaps make the game safe for his team-mates.

After the 2-0 win, boss David Jeffrey praised the "bravery and courage" of the player who has forged an effective new central defensive partnership with Sean Ward. Jeffrey could afford to smile because many questioned his judgement when he signed McVey in August.

Many supporters thought the former Coleraine player wouldn't thrive in the Windsor Park environment but this point of view baffles Jeffrey who admits he tried to sign McVey several years ago.

Kyle was at his hometown club for 11 years but he turned his back on a testimonial offer to pursue his Linfield dream and he's now playing like a man who believes he belongs on the biggest stage in domestic football.

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