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'I think he is a serious young player' - Tomás Ó Sé picks out a Kerry youngster who could have a big 2018

29 March 2017; Sean OShea of Kerry in action against Aidan Browne of Cork during the EirGrid Munster GAA Football U21 Championship Final match between Cork and Kerry at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
29 March 2017; Sean OShea of Kerry in action against Aidan Browne of Cork during the EirGrid Munster GAA Football U21 Championship Final match between Cork and Kerry at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The Allianz National League gets underway this weekend and one big attraction for football fans is the possibility of Kerry minor sensation David Clifford making his senior debut.

Clifford netted 4-4 in the minor decider to seal his second championship at the age grade last September, and has been training with the Kerry senior team ahead of their upcoming league campaign.

Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice hasn't indicated when he will blood the talented forward, but he could potentially make his debut against Donegal this Sunday in Kerry's Division 1 opener.

Speaking ahead of the league campaign to The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Allianz, Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé talked about how important 2018 is for the development of the team.

"I think this is a massive year for Kerry," Tomás Ó Sé said.

"There are questions marks over us defensively and if you take Paul Geaney out of that forward line there are question marks over where the scores from play will come from."

"Traditionally after losing in the championship, Kerry will be down but there is so much to be excited for," he continued.

"I'd be hoping that the young lads get off to a good start. David Clifford, there is awful pressure for a young lad."

While most of the focus has been on what sort of impact Clifford can make at senior level, Ó Sé thinks that another rising star in the forward line could make hay if given more opportunities this season.

"The big thing for me this year is to see can the likes of Jason Foley, Sean O'Shea is a player I would be getting excited about," he said.

"They are talking about Clifford but I think Sean O'Shea is a serious young player. My worry is, and this is where the worry is coming from, right now, do Kerry have a block of players to carry these young players through? In Dublin, Con O'Callaghan integrated seamlessly into the system and they have older players so Con O'Callaghan could afford, like he did against Carlow last year, to have very poor game. They don't worry about that.

"Whereas in Kerry, if things go haywire for David Clifford or Sean O'Shea early on, are we going to panic, and will it be about getting results during the league for Kerry? Or is it going to be about blooding these young fellas and hardening them up for what's to come?"

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