Monday 20 August 2018

'I don't know why they're tweeting about it' - Tomás Ó Sé hits out at AFL over David Clifford tweet

David Clifford of Kerry celebrates after the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
David Clifford of Kerry celebrates after the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
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David Clifford almost upstaged the senior players yesterday in Croke Park after netting 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor final, to collect his second medal championship medal at the age grade.

The Kerry forward captained his county to their fourth consecutive minor title, with fans already speculating as to what sort of damage Clifford will be able to do at senior level.

One worry is that he will be lured to Australia by an AFL club, and while Clifford hasn't publicly stated that he would like to play down under, Kerry supporters are worried that he might follow another former minor star, Mark O'Connor, in walking away from Gaelic football for the professional sport.

Those concerns were magnified during the game yesterday when the AFL official Twitter account shared a story from their website about how Clifford is the top prospect in the GAA, and that interest in him among Australian clubs would be strong.

Tomás Ó Sé addressed the tweet on last night's Sunday Game, and wasn't happy that it was the official account that was contributing to the rumours.

"Now this tweet here - Look, I don't mind if David Clifford gets offered a way to go out to Australia," Ó Sé said.

"But I don't know why they're tweeting about it. If the guy goes, he goes.

"I don't know who's driving it. But this is a guy who the AFL have apparently not tapped up yet, but the AFL are tweeting about him tonight, writing articles about him. There obviously is interest out there. I hope he stays at home for the good of Kerry football, but you can't force a young fella to stay at home.

"He needs to want to stay at home, and I hope he does."

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