Boost for Rahillys as Moran returns from AFL trial

DAVID MORAN will be available for Kerins O’Rahillys’ Munster club decider with Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Moran, spent the last fortnight on trial with AFL side St Kilda, however he learned yesterday that we would not receive a rookie contract with the Melbourne based outfit.

All-Ireland winner Moran insisted that he would take ‘positives from the experience’.

He said last night: “I had a great time in Melbourne training with St Kilda this past two weeks. I’d like to thank the club for this chance to come into contact with a professional sports set-up and to see if my physical make up and skill set was suited to Aussie Rules.

“It was a big challenge competing in various trails against professional AFL players over a short period especially after a long GAA season but I really enjoyed it and have taken positives from the experience which I can apply to my own sporting career in the future.”

The next step in that career will be a provincial decider, the club’s first, against the west Clare men at the weekend. Moran, son of Kerry legend Ogie, will undertake a gruelling trip from Australia and is expected back in Tralee on Friday afternoon.

O’Rahillys trainer Mark Fitzgerald said the availability of Moran is: “fantastic news and a great boost coming up to the game. David has been an integral part of the team for a number of seasons and we welcome him back with open arms.

“I am no expert on Aussie Rules but from watching it, I would imagine he has all the skills to make it. He is good athlete with a great attitude and the stuff that appeared it the papers last week quoting the Ricky Nixon guy was absolutely rubbish regarding David.

“I am disappointed that David did not make it but I am sure David will have a fantastic intercounty career for the next decade or so — Australia’s loss is Kerry’s and Kerins O’Rahillys’ gain.”

Kerry boss Jack O’Connor is also relieved to have the Tralee man back in his plans for 2010.

O’Connor said: “The likes of David are the future of Kerry football. He was showing tremendous form early last season in the league and while his form dipped a bit in the middle of the year, he was coming strong again at the end of the season.

“I think potential is the key word — he certainly has the raw material, he is a good fielder, he is athletic and he can use both feet. While David is still not the finished product, you would think that with a run on the team next year that he will come on in leaps and bounds. Far from seeing the past few weeks as a disappointment, David should see it as a great experience and use that experience to drive him on next year.”


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