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Sunday 20 January 2019

Dubs, Kerry is tantalising - Paidi

KERRY hero Paidi O Se, left, predicts the Kingdom to trump the Dubs but warned the Blues are looking tougher than they have in a generation.

"Dublin are very experienced as it is -- they've been involved in the championship for some time now, Gilroy is really getting the best out of them," the legendary footballer told the Herald.

"Donegal toughened them up and its testament to their progress.

He's looking forward to a tantalising game.

"Playing Dublin is always very special -- I captained my team against the Dubs in 1985 and it was amazing -- it was brilliant to be involved in those classic ties." Thousands of fans will get kitted out in their green and yellow strip to support Kerry at HQ.

"It's any Kerry footballer's dream to play inside that stadium," he said.

The former player will be warming up his cheering voice with a sing-song session in his pub in Ventry this week, before he heads up to Croker to shout from the stands.

"We've people in every year ahead of the final and we raffle off tickets for the match, there'll be some craic too."

The star also had some words of advice for captain Colm 'Gooch' Cooper (28).

"You can be totally disrupted and lose concentration as a captain if you start to think too much about your other players -- Colm's good to stay focused," he said.

"Colm's style is similar to mine, I was vocal but never gave too many speeches -- I was always worried about my own performance.

"He knows the pitfalls and how to handle it all."

Meanwhile, the Gooch himself told the Herald he can't wait for the clash:

"It was disappointing not to get there last year -- everyone's really looking forward to it," said Colm.

"With Dublin involved, that adds an extra bit of flair."

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