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‘I’m maybe more philosophical, I’m trying to enjoy it’ – David Moran

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Kerry midfielder David Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kerry midfielder David Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kerry midfielder David Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Just four minutes into last year’s all-Tralee Kerry county final, David Moran knew his race was run.

Tommy Walsh had come over and urged him to run into the edge of the square and stand at full-forward. Moran’s response was unequivocal.

“I actually can’t,” he said. He could only watch on as Kerins O’Rahillys lost out to rivals Austin Stacks.

From there, Moran started back on a long, and all too familiar, road to recovery. Amongst other problems, he’s had two damaged ACLs and an eye problem picked up in a freak accident in a challenge game. This time he’d torn the abductor off his groin. And, through bitter experience, he knew that he’d have to take his time.

“I was trying to figure out if I needed surgery or didn’t need surgery, that kind of stuff. The science said that the modern way of doing it was that if it gets more than a certain level that you have to get it reattached, but luckily I wasn’t that bad so I didn’t have to.

“When I wasn’t going under the knife and I wasn’t going to have that, it was a little bit easier to try and get back and get going.

“I’m lucky, being involved with inter-county so long, that once the first of January comes you just switch anyway. And, like everyone, you’re just want to get back fit. You just want to get back healthy, and see what happens after that.

At no point, however, did he think his days with Kerry were done?

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“At the start I didn’t realise, when I was back talking to Jack (O’Connor), that I wouldn’t be able to come back when I wanted.

“Like, say if Jack said come back in January or February, I didn’t realise how serious it was at the time. I didn’t think I wouldn’t be playing any of the league, but I didn’t really think like that. I’ve had so many injuries that I wouldn’t really think like that. I think I’ll come back if you put in the work. I didn’t really (think it was career ending), no”

The plan was to get back for the last couple of rounds of the league, but a setback put paid to that. His pitch minutes have been scarce since. A half against Spa in April in the county league, followed by 60 minutes against Rathmore before his return in the second half against Cork.

Jack Barry and Diarmuid O’Connor occupy Kerry’s two midfield spots ahead of this weekend’s Munster final clash with Limerick. And Moran is happy to play whatever role he’s asked to.

“They’re two fantastic footballers. I don’t really see it like that, all I can do is look after myself and play as well as I can.

“If my role is to start, if my role is to come on, lend experience.

“I’m at a stage now where I’m trying to enjoy it. I’ve only five or six years left! To be honest with you I’m maybe more philosophical, or what it is. I’m just trying to enjoy it a lot more, as opposed to coming home after a bad session and being unbearable to live with,” added Moran.

“I’m trying to enjoy it and the lads are obviously hugely athletic, they’re in the prime of their careers and, it’s a serious challenge going out every Tuesday and Thursday night, but I’ll give it everything I have and whatever role Jack wants I’m more than happy to do it.”


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