Aussie clubs never tried to lure Kerry star

David Clifford has confirmed that he was never approached by any club in the AFL.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

KERRY captain David Clifford has confirmed that he was never approached by any club in Australia to consider switching to the AFL.

There was widespread speculation that the Fossa star was being closely monitored by top clubs down under after he bagged a remarkable 4-4 in the 2017 All-Ireland minor final.

But while he may have been on the radar of several AFL clubs, Clifford has now confirmed that, while there was significant speculation at the time, there was no approach made.

Asked in an online interview, conducted for Killarney insurance firm Gallivan Hooper Murphy Dolan, if he would have been tempted to move, he replied: “There was a lot of talk about it but I didn’t hear any of the talk. I was never approached at any stage so it probably made my decision a bit easier.”

“I wouldn’t say I was tempted. Obviously it’s probably a chance to play professional but I didn’t know a whole pile about the sport. Like I said, not being approached made it a fairly easy decision,” the Kerry skipper added.

Biggest influence: David with his parents Dermot and Ellen Clifford after the Hogan Cup win in 2016

In the course of a wide-ranging interview with Adam Moynihan, who put questions submitted by fans to the star attacker, David said he hopes the championship can be played in some format before the end of the year.

Games give the players a focal point to look forward to and they would welcome competitive action even if it was behind closed doors, he said.

The Kerry forward said he is keeping in touch with his team-mates through Zoom and he is keeping sharp by training with his brother and fellow Kerry panel member, Paudie, with gym equipment at home and in the garden.

In a series of rapid fire questions from fans he also disclosed:

His toughest opponent has been Clare defender Gordon Kelly.

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If Kerry could sign one player on the transfer market he would opt for Michael Murphy of Donegal.

If he could bring one former Kerry player back as a team-mate it would be Colm Cooper at centre forward.

The biggest influence on his football career has been his parents.

The highlight of his playing days to date was winning the Hogan Cup with St Brendan’s College in 2016.

He tries hard but he is not good at golf and he supports Glasgow Celtic.

He thinks Jason Foley is the Kerry team-mate with the worse dress sense because he makes such an effort, Tommy Walsh is the strongest in the gym and he would hate to be stuck in an elevator with Dara Moynihan because he talks too much about Manchester United and Spa winning the intermediate championship.

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