Moran pays tribute to ‘the best leader I ever played with’

David Moran has hailed Declan O’Sullivan as the "best leader" he has played alongside.

Reacting to the news of his team-mate’s inter-county retirement after a training session in Perth’s Patersons Stadium, All Star Moran hailed his guidance, particularly in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final replay win over Mayo.

“The thing that sticks out in my mind came in extra-time in the Mayo game in Limerick. I think it was Aidan (O’Shea) who came in and hit him (O’Sullivan) a good slap and he didn’t even move him.

“He just slipped the ball to Jonathan Lyne and it was over the bar. It was an unbelievable turning point in that game. All through his career, because he was so good, he was targeted a lot. He was well able to take it. When he was on song he was unstoppable.”

Moran marvelled at how long O’Sullivan was able to play at such a high level despite debilitating injuries.

“I always got on very well with him. He was certainly the best leader I ever played with and he was Kerry football for as long as I’ve been involved in it.

“The injuries were killing him but if you see the way he was playing in the Munster final you’re saying, ‘This man is just not human and he might go on forever’.

“He was coming to the end of his career and we were hoping he’d stay on but he owes Kerry nothing. He’s been an unbelievable player and the best of luck to him in retirement.

“You can’t put into words how good a leader he is. From the very first time he came in this year, he just set the tone and I suppose with his experience and his personality there wasn’t many fellas in the squad that could do that. He’s been an absolutely unbelievable player, it was a privilege to play with him. I feel very honoured.”


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