His lead­er­ship al­ways stood out

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - STEPHEN STACK FORMER AUSTIN STACKS MAN­AGER

THE one thing that al­ways stood out to me about Kieran was his lead­er­ship. He has the abil­ity to bring oth­ers with him and it’s a tremen­dous qual­ity to have. By win­ning his own bat­tle he has the abil­ity to in­spire his team-mates to win their own and there weren’t too many he lost.

He had great skills com­ing into the game through Bas­ket­ball and even though I was aware of him from the TV Show ‘The Un­der­dogs’, the first time I saw him was the Qual­i­fier against Long­ford in Fitzger­ald Sta­dium back in 2006. It was like a throw­back to the ‘Bomber’ Lis­ton with the out­let he brought Kerry and what I with him was that when the oc­ca­sion was at its most pres­surised, Kieran was al­ways the one who em­braced it most.

When he was there for train­ing with Austin Stacks ev­ery­thing went up a notch and Kerry’s loss is cer­tainly Stacks’ gain. He was in­stru­men­tal to the suc­cess we had in win­ning the County Cham­pi­onship in 2014. I would be very sur­prised if he doesn’t go into coach­ing down the road but for the mo­ment I think Kieran might want to experience the things he missed out on in life be­cause of foot­ball.

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