Saturday 25 October 2014

David Moran to full forward

Published 14/11/2012 | 11:29

IT is now 18 months since David Moran first ruptured his cruciate ligament and a little under a year since he suffered the same injury a second time. The hope is that the Tralee man will be back in action early in the new year and that he will assimilate his way back into the Kerry team next year.

Moran was just beginning to deliver on the promise of a very fine underage career when serious injury befell him. Moran had flitted between the half forward line and midfield, but it was in the latter position that most people felt Moran's future lay; in fact many saw him as a natural successor to Darragh O Se.

In his absence Bryan Sheehan and Anthony Maher have formed a very sound midfield partnership and the big question for Moran will be whether or not he can dislodge one or other of those two.

There is a chance that the double cruciate injury might have robbed Moran of some pace and mobility, and with that in mind could Kerry look at trying him as a full forward?

His skill on the ball and his strength in the air is excellent and he is well able to score. In some respects Moran could be used to fill the void left by his clubmate Tommy Walsh - a void that many feel has robbed Kerry of a winning edge.

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