Friday 24 November 2017

Basketball will improve Donaghy, says Kerry's Young

Kieran Donaghy in action for St Brendan's Tralee. Photo: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Kieran Donaghy in action for St Brendan's Tralee. Photo: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Killian Young believes his team-mate Kieran Donaghy will return from his stint playing basketball "mentally fresh" and ready to help Kerry's assault on Sam Maguire.

Donaghy has committed to the Tralee Warriors until the end of their Superleague campaign which could run to April 2. And his recent call-up to the Irish squad means he'll attend a camp early that same month.

His exact commitments with Ireland remain unclear but they are expected to compete in a small nations tournament next year while there is also a chance they could play in a warm-up competition this summer.

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Shape But regardless of when he returns, Young believes Donaghy will come back to Eamonn Fitzmaurice's squad in good shape.

"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," said the Renard defender. "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."

Irish Independent

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