David Moran has today announced his retirement from inter-county football.
He made his league debut for Kerry against Donegal in 2008 and later that year he had his first championship appearance against Cork.
Having represented Kerry at minor and under 21 levels, David was no stranger to the inter-county scene and over the course of his 14-year career he became known as a towering midfield figure capable of commanding the flow of games.
The Kerins O’Rahilly’s clubman is known for superb fielding abilities and kick passing exhibitions on the pitch, and being a humble leader both on and off the field.
Over his exemplary career in the green and gold, David has lifted the Sam Maguire on three occasions –2009, 2014 and 2022.
He also won an All-Ireland under 21 medal, four national league titles and 10 championships in addition to two McGrath Cup wins, two All-Star awards, a county and Munster minor title, a county club championship medal and a Munster club championship
Announcing his decision, David said he had given the matter a lot of thought and it’s not a decision he has taken lightly.
“Playing with Kerry fulfilled all my boyhood dreams, however, with an aging body, a young family and a demanding work life I feel I can no longer give the commitment required to perform and compete at the top level,” he said.
The towering midfielder thanked the Kerry supporters for the support he received through the highs and lows.
Kerry County Board Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, said David’s retirement brings to an end an outstanding career in the green and gold jersey for the Kerins O’Rahilly’s clubman.
“David has been one of the stand-out midfielders of his generation and he exemplified this as late as a couple of short weeks ago when he gave a tremendous exhibition of fielding for his club in what was to be a fitting finale to his career on the hallowed turf of Croke Park,” he said.
“David always gave of his best when representing his county just like his father, Ogie, before him and his inspirational playing style more often than not brought the best out of his colleagues while at the same time endearing himself to the loyal Kerry supporters,” O’Sullivan added.
“David was a gentleman both on and off the field and words cannot adequately capture the contribution that he has made to our county,” he said.
Kerry team manager, Jack O’Connor, said it feels like the end of an era.
“He followed in a long line of traditional Kerry midfielders with his high fielding and long, accurate kicking. He was particularly good at that long diagonal kick to the inside forwards and it was one of his specialities that led to Seanie O’Shea’s goal against Dublin last year,” he recalled.
“He also executed a beauty in Kieran Donaghy in the 2014 semi-final which led to James O’Donoghue’s late goal in that game”
Jack said he first came across David when he coached Kerins O’Rahilly’s in 2008 when, as a 20-year-old, he formed a powerful midfield partnership with current Kerry selector Mike Quirke.
“David will be missed by all of us associated with Kerry football but even more so by the current players. He was like a father figure to them and they looked to him for leadership and inspiration,” O’Connor said.
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