Friday 23 February 2018

'Everyone's afraid of him and they're right to be' - Colm Cooper on rising talent David Clifford

David Clifford of Kerry in action against Cormac Timoney of Cavan during the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final match between Cavan and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
David Clifford of Kerry in action against Cormac Timoney of Cavan during the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final match between Cavan and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kerry will be seeking a fourth All-Ireland minor title on the third week in September and David Clifford looks like the biggest talent they have unearthed in that time.

The young Fossa man is one of the most talked about teenagers in the history of the game and it's no surprise that Aussie Rules sides are sniffing around the 18-year-old.

He pilfered 1-7 from play (1-10 in total) as the Kingdom overwhelmed Cavan 2-22 to 2-10 in their semi-final at Croke Park yesterday.

Calls for him to be drafted into Eamonn Fitzmaurice's senior squad don't seem outlandish.

Speaking on the Sunday Game last night, Colm Cooper outlined why the six-foot-two attacker is attracting so much attention.

"He's shown it for the last three years. He's left-footed, he's right-footed. He's putting up huge scores and he's playing senior championship now down in Kerry," he said.

"Everyone seems to be afraid of this guy and with good reason too.

"He's not afraid to get physical and he knows where the goal is.

"His finishing today was class. He got five points in the first half, punched points, kicked right and left... he's just got it all.

"I think he's going to be very difficult to stop for any 18-year-old in the country.

Would he be ready to make the jump to the senior grade? Dessie Dolan thinks so.

"You'd nearly chance it. He was pinging 45s today like he was just slipping them over the bar. It was incredible to watch. Great footballer."

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