O’Shea praises Kerry mentor Walsh

Tommy Walsh has been a great influence on the younger players in the Kerry squad

STAR Kerry attacker Sean O’Shea has praised the role played by big Tommy Walsh during the Kingdom’s great run all the way to the National League final and he said the Kerins O’Rahilly’s veteran has been a big help to the young players in the squad.

Former Aussie Rules player Walsh has made a big impression since he was recalled by Peter Keane after a few seasons in the inter-county wilderness and O’Shea said playing alongside the former Sydney Swans and St Kilda player has been invaluable.

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“He has been a big presence around the place. Coming from the professional side of the game, he has great experience and he brings great communication with him,” O’Shea said at a reception to collect his GAA/GPA Player of the Month Award.

“He was very good in the league for us. He has experience on his side. He is a great mentor really,” he added.

“The advice he gives you take notice of it because he knows what he is talking about,” said Kenmare clubman O’Shea who is a student at UCC.

The 20-year-old Kerry centre forward – Kerry’s standout player in the league – believes five-in-a-row chasing Dublin are still the team to beat in this year’s championship and he stressed that Kerry can’t look too far ahead as they prepare for their own campaign which opens with a clash with Clare in Ennis on Saturday, June 1.

“We have Munster to try and navigate first. After that you get to the Super 8s and last year we weren’t close,” he said.

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