Thursday 27 July 2017

'It has complemented his whole career' - Kerry star says Donanghy's Ireland basketball call-up will benefit Kingdom

30 January 2016; Kieran Donaghy, St Brendan's Tralee, in action against Andrius Lekavicius, Leixlip Nemunas. Men's Intermediate Basketball Cup Final, St Brendan's Tralee v Leixlip Nemunas, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
30 January 2016; Kieran Donaghy, St Brendan's Tralee, in action against Andrius Lekavicius, Leixlip Nemunas. Men's Intermediate Basketball Cup Final, St Brendan's Tralee v Leixlip Nemunas, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kerry star Killian Young believes Kieran Donaghy’s call up to the Irish basketball team can only be of benefit to him when he returns to the Kingdom set-up later this season.

Donaghy, who has yet to feature for Kerry this year, was originally expected to rejoin the Kerry squad at the end of basketball’s Superleague season. However, that looks set to be pushed back as he is due to start training with the national side at the beginning of next month after his call up on Tuesday.

But Young insists Donaghy will be better for the experience when he does return and revealed he has has already trained with the Kerry squad.

“It’s an interesting one but I don’t know what the format is or what it means for him but I do know he’s keen to come back with Kerry and he has an eye on Kerry already,” Young said, at the launch of an initiative that sees the GAA and the RNLI join forces to reduce the number of deaths through drowning.

“He has been training with us in the gym so it’s not like he’s a million miles away from us and he has one foot in already. But I’m not sure what that structure will mean for him.

“I think (basketball) has really brought him on and it has complemented his whole career and it has brought him on with Kerry. I think that’s going to really put an edge to him as well, and his handling I'm sure will (benefit from) the basketball. Of course fitness as well is another big thing as well.

"It’s kept him active over the winter, he’s enjoying it, it’s good, and he’ll be mentally fresh coming back to Kerry when the time comes.”

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