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Kevin Madden: How I bounced back from heart surgery and being told I may never play again at 23

In the latest in his lockdown Tales series, Oisin McConville tracked down former Antrim player Kevin Madden for a chat.

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Antrim ace Kevin Madden

Antrim ace Kevin Madden

Kevin Madden

Kevin Madden

Antrim ace Kevin Madden

Having played in the same era, I was aware of Kevin as an emerging talent. He was razor-sharp in front of goal, deceptively strong and had an air of confidence rarely seen in the saffron jersey.

Having got to know him over the years, I can say he's a forthright, upstanding individual - a nice guy, if you like. But don't let the smile disguise the fact that he's a man who knows what he is about on and off the GAA pitch.

Kevin has a clear idea of how he wants Gaelic football to be played and his biggest strength as a coach is that he has no problem articulating that.