Kerry great passes on top tips

The master: Bryan Sheehan passes on some top tips to the young Spa footballers

HE was one of the most stylish footballers of his generation who could land a football on a coin such was his accuracy from placed balls.

And now that he has put his green and gold jersey back on the peg, following his inter-county retirement, the great Bryan Sheehan is opting to lend a hand to the stars of tomorrow by passing on some of his vast knowledge of the game and some helpful tips in terms of honing skills.

The St Mary’s Caherciveen clubman was a big hit when he conducted a coaching clinic for the under 14 footballers of the Spa club in Killarney prior to their county league semi-final clash with Beaufort.

Bryan Sheehan

The boys also had an opportunity to deliver a series of quick-fire questions at the lethal free taker, focusing on the highlights and low points of his career and they were able to ask him for advice about any aspect of the game that interested them.

“They had a great experience and it’s brilliant when players like Bryan give up their time to help coach the next generation,” said Spa PRO Anne Holland.

One of the most elegant fielders and accurate kickers in the game, Bryan (32) retired from the inter county panel last November after a super career that saw him win five All-Ireland medals and three National League titles and, in 2011, he was recognised with an All-Star award.

He made his senior debut for Kerry in 2005 and went on to accumulate 66 championship appearances for the Kingdom, playing in seven All-Ireland finals and scoring 6-161 along the way.

Uniquely, Bryan first donned the green and gold jersey as a 15-year-old minor goalkeeper and, 17 years later, he departed the scene having gained every honour the game could bestow on him.

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