CLIFF FACES PRES­SURE

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY PAT NOLAN

RARELY has so much hype sur­rounded a player pre­par­ing for an All-ire­land mi­nor fi­nal, but David Clif­ford in­sists he car­ries that bur­den lightly. The Kerry cap­tain is an out­stand­ing tal­ent and has been linked with a move Down Un­der to the AFL. His form has done lit­tle to quell the spec­u­la­tion, not least in the semi-fi­nal against Ca­van, when he hit 1-10. “I don’t tend to think about those kind of things too much,” he says of the pres­sure of be­ing his team’s tal­is­man. “I think more about the team and if I don’t per­form some­body else will, an­other for­ward is go­ing to get the scores or some­body out the field is go­ing to per­form, so I don’t worry about it much.” He con­tin­ued: “There are enough fel­las around who’ll bring you back to earth!” Clif­ford has drawn com­par­isons with Kerry leg­end Mau­rice Fitzger­ald, mostly be­cause he is so com­fort­able kick­ing off ei­ther foot. “I do try to put in the ex­tra bit of work, be­cause if I’m not do­ing the work, some­body else is. That’s the way I look at it, I have to stay on top.” In the King­dom, they’ll be hop­ing that kick­ing ac­tion is re­stricted to just the Fossa and Kerry colours go­ing for­ward.

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