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'I've never actually kicked in a game' - meet the Kerry footballer set for an American football adventure

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David Shanahan will go from lining out for Castleisland Desmonds to kicking for Georgia Tech who play in a 55,000-seater stadium. Photo: Getty

David Shanahan will go from lining out for Castleisland Desmonds to kicking for Georgia Tech who play in a 55,000-seater stadium. Photo: Getty

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David Shanahan will go from lining out for Castleisland Desmonds to kicking for Georgia Tech who play in a 55,000-seater stadium. Photo: Getty

He's a Gaelic footballer, a rugby player and an All-Ireland-winning basketballer but former Kerry minor David Shanahan is on his way to the US to play American football for Georgia Tech.

His has been a remarkable journey, from developing an interest in American football in Castleisland, to attending a specialist kicking camp in Melbourne before finding out late last week that he was going to be the next punter for the Atlanta-based Georgia Tech.

And it's a tale that is made all the more remarkable for the fact that he has never played a moment of the sport.