Moynihan backs new Galvin role

Seamus Moynihan believes the possibility of Kerry playing Paul Galvin centre-back could “re-energise” the Finuge man.

Moynihan backs new Galvin role

“Sometimes, to get yourself going, you have to be told that you can’t do something? Then it’s a great motivation to prove people wrong,” Moynihan said.

“The move, if it happens, could re-energise Paul, a new challenge and a new position can be great. But, look, it’s early January. I know Eamonn [Fitzmaurice] is open to ideas so that he has more options come championship time.”

Fitzmaurice said after Kerry’s McGrath Cup win over Cork IT on Sunday that he is considering playing Galvin — now 34 — at centre-back for the 2014 season.

The 2004 player-of-the-year was brought on as a sub and immediately slotted into the central position. It was a mere 12-minute cameo but the positioning is an option Kerry are toying with.

“It is something we are considering,” said Fitzmaurice after the five-point win “but we are considering a lot of things.”

Retirement has robbed Kerry of two half-back options: Tomás Ó Sé and Eoin Brosnan — hence the experiment. Galvin, though, is no stranger to a position along the half-back line. He played there for the Kerry U21s in 1999 and 2000 and also lined out at right half-back for UCC when they won the Cork and Munster club titles in 1999. Alongside Galvin during that latter campaign was current Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice at centre-back.

Moynihan was a teammate of Galvin’s from 2003 until the Glenflesk man’s own retirement in 2006. He became a great admirer of the younger man’s work ethic.

“Paul was punished a bit when he was younger in that he was played all over the field. It was only in 2004 that he nailed down the half-forward spot. He and Brian Dooher really changed that position,” said Moynihan.

“The game has changed a lot even since I retired in 2006, footballers nowadays have to be able to play in a host of roles. Colm Cooper has moved around and you look at other players, like Dublin’s Paul Flynn, who could actually play anywhere.”

Moynihan knows what it’s like to be handed a new position. One of the finest half-backs to play the game was picked at full-back by Páidí Ó Sé on Kerry teams from 2000 to 2003. The move generated plenty of publicity at the time but to Moynihan it meant little.

“If you are a back then your main job is always to stop your opponent from scoring. That will not change. You have a little bit more freedom in the half-back line as you can counter-attack and set up attacks, but you still have a primary job to do.”

So, can Galvin play the position?

“He can. In many ways nowadays it’s about holding the centre but you also have to be a good reader of the game.

“Paul is a great athlete, can kick off both feet and is well able to launch an attack.

“Having said that, Paul would have played in that area as a modern half-forward, dropping deep to pick up ball. Paul is just a great guy to have in the team and if Eamonn is looking into options to see where he can fit him in, so be it.”

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