Friday 20 July 2018

All Star is still not the 'real' Kerry deal

JAMES O'DONOGHUE may be a current All Star but, by his own admission, he still doesn't qualify as a "real Kerry footballer" because he hasn't won a senior All-Ireland in Croke Park.

The Legion forward has carried on this summer where he left off last year, scoring ten points - and an incredible eight from play - in the Munster final annihilation of Cork.

That means O'Donoghue be back in Croker for a quarter-final date on Sunday week; but he's adamant that he still has it all to prove, based on the traditional Kingdom benchmark.

"You're not a real Kerry player until you've performed in Croke Park, in the white heat of championship, in an All-Ireland final, and you know, come home with the trophy," he reasoned. "Even last year I got an All Star, and realistically that means nothing unless you have an All-Ireland title.

"I was actually at a quiz, a couple of nights later, and the first question asked was to name the two Kerry players who have won an All Star, and no All-Ireland. So no one really cares how many All Stars you've won. It's All-Irelands you're really tested on."

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