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Former Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly believes game’s priority is evolution of the no.1 position

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Goalkeeper Brian Kelly takes no chances and punches the ball clear while team-mate Shane Enright keeps tabs on Roscommon’s Diarmuid Murtagh during the 2016 NFL Division 1 semi-final in Croke Park

Goalkeeper Brian Kelly takes no chances and punches the ball clear while team-mate Shane Enright keeps tabs on Roscommon’s Diarmuid Murtagh during the 2016 NFL Division 1 semi-final in Croke Park

Goalkeeper Brian Kelly takes no chances and punches the ball clear while team-mate Shane Enright keeps tabs on Roscommon’s Diarmuid Murtagh during the 2016 NFL Division 1 semi-final in Croke Park

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Brian Kelly wore the Kerry no. 1 jersey at various stages between his senior debut in 2012 and his inter-county retirement at the end of the 2020 campaign. He was between the sticks against Donegal in 2014 in the Kingdom’s last All-Ireland final victory. He remains a dependable custodian for his club Legion.

The 32-year-old has witnessed first hand the dramatic transformation in the role of the goalkeeper in Gaelic football over the last decade and more and, as it continues to serve up new dimensions each season, Kelly pinpoints the enormous impact of Armagh’s Ethan Rafferty this year as being a ‘breath of fresh air’.


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