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Stute will reap the benefits from O'Flynn's down time

By Keith Bailie

Institute striker Stephen O'Flynn might be in the twilight of his career, but the former Derry City striker is excited by the prospect of playing in the Danske Bank Premiership for the first time.

O'Flynn has played as a full-time professional at Cork City, Derry City and Northampton Town, but now he's enjoying life at the Drumahoe club.

The 32-year-old Mallow born forward said: "At this stage of my career semi-professional football suits me down to the ground, and I'm really enjoying it.

"Training every day can be really tough, particularly when you're not playing. I've just turned 32 and it's the right time to step back a bit.

"I've actually found I can put more into my training because I've a day to recover after a session.

"In England and the League of Ireland I've noticed that teams don't train with the same intensity as they do here, because players have no time to recover. As a part-timer, you know you can give 100 per cent because it'll be another couple of days before you have to train again."

O'Flynn might be new to the Irish League, but he knows Institute's young squad will be up against this season. He believes he has a pivotal role to play in the progression of Stute's young stars.

"We're under no illusions, we know this will be really tough. There are only two or three lads in the 30s, which shows we're quite inexperienced," said Flynn, ahead of tomorrow's opener away to Dungannon Swifts.

"Our aim is to stay in the league. If we can achieve that then we will be happy.

"The only time I've played against northern teams has been in the Setanta Cup, so I know how good the top teams are, but I'm sure we will upset a few of the big teams along the way."

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