OUTSTANDING Kerry minor footballer David Clifford is one of the most naturally talented players to come on the scene for years.
That’s the view of a former Kerry great who has been more than impressed by the stylish Fossa attacker.
Kerry Golden Years goalkeeper, Paudie O’Mahoney, told KillarneyToday.com: “David Clifford is the best I have seen with natural talent since Gooch and Maurice Fitz.”
The supremely stylish young Fossa star has been making a real name for himself at underage level and he had been one of the premier juvenile players in all age groups at club level.
He first sprang to national attention with his swashbuckling performance for St Brendan’s College, Killarney in their All-Ireland Colleges senior championship final victory over St Pat’s of Maghera last April.
David scored a whopping 2-5 of the Sem’s 2-13 total in that decider and his display illuminated Croke Park and helped him to the coveted man-of-the-match award.
He has been the stand-out player in a brilliant Kerry minor team this year and he notched eight points in last Sunday’s semi-final to break Kildare hearts and win another man-of-the-match prize.
Paudie O’Mahoney, who won five All-Ireland medals, two National League titles, eight Munster Championships and an All-Star award, said while David is a special talent, he needs to be well looked after by club and county officials.
“I just hope he is protected and minded by those around him as, from now on, he will be a media attraction which can be difficult to handle for a young man,” he said.
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