His will to win and de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed are what make him dif­fer­ent

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - ÉA­MONN FITZ­MAU­RICE

I WOULD like to con­grat­u­late Kieran Don­aghy on his re­tire­ment from the Kerry foot­ball team. He has been a totemic fig­ure for Kerry since he broke into the team in 2006 and has led from the front since. He book ended his ca­reer by re-en­er­gis­ing an ail­ing group in 2006 and in­spir­ing a new group in 2018.

Kieran came on the scene as a rangy mid­fielder, was con­verted with huge suc­cess into a tar­get man full for­ward and has em­braced a va­ri­ety of roles on the team since. His phys­i­cal at­tributes and bas­ket­ball back­ground meant he was out­stand­ing as the ful­crum of the at­tack. His big­gest as­set how­ever is un­doubt­edly his per­son­al­ity cou­pled with an un­matched en­ergy. His will to win and de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed are what make him dif­fer­ent. He over­came plenty of dis­ap­point­ments to come back bet­ter and stronger. A snap­shot of the 2014 sea­son epit­o­mised his re­silience where he failed to see game time in the All Ire­land quar­ter-fi­nal but ended up ab­so­lutely cen­tral to that All Ire­land win.

He has the per­son­al­ity to go into man­age­ment. He is the ul­ti­mate team player, has a strong ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the team dy­namic, pos­sesses a great tac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing of the game and most im­por­tantly is brim­ming with ideas. I can def­i­nitely see him suc­cess­fully man­ag­ing Kerry teams in the fu­ture.

Duine, peilead­óir agus cean­naire ion­s­pioráideach lán do pearsan­tacht ab ea Kieran. Fear is ea é a thug gach a bhí aige i gcó­naí agus geansaí Chiar­raí á chaitheamh aige. Guím gach rath air agus ar Hi­lary, Lola Rose agus In­die.

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