Gooch the best player and Donaghy the best to play with – David Clifford
Insight into young Kerry star’s life given in interview with Alliance Medical – Kerry medical partner
Wednesday, March 27, 2019: Kerry’s young star David Clifford has given Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy the thumbs up as the best he’s seen and played with.
Although having played just one year together, Austin Stacks and Kerry legend Donaghy made a sufficient impact on the young star for him to declare his genius as a full-forward line partner. But Colm Cooper stands out as the best he’s ever seen.
GAA fans are given an insight into life on and off the field for the young Kerry star through an exclusive video interview with Kerry GAA partner Alliance Medical’s social media channels. Alliance Medical, which operates scans at hospitals across the north and south, guarantees Kerry intercounty players quick access to MRI and CT scans.
“I suppose growing up in Kerry and being a corner forward you couldn’t look past Colm Cooper. He is just the greatest forward that has ever played the game so it has to be him,” said Clifford.
“With regard to the best I’ve played with, I only got to play with him from for one year but it would have to be Kieran Donaghy, just unbelievable for a corner forward (to play with), the way he brings players into the game and the way he’s able to win primary possession.”
As for the best score, Clifford also kept it ‘Kerry’, citing a famous point scored by Brian Sheehan in club football.
“The greatest score I’ve seen would have to be Brian Sheehan against for South Kerry in the county championship against Crokes in Fitzgerald stadium, a free from about 65-70 yards out it was an unbelievable score.”
In the interview, Clifford gives a clear insight into a young man with ‘home-grown’ very much coursing through his veins. The double All-Ireland medal winner chose his own club Fossa’s grounds as his favourite pitch, followed closely by Fitzgerald Stadium and his mother’s chicken casserole as his favourite dish.
He did stray, but only just, regarding his favourite artist – the 20 year-old going for a true Dub but an Irish musical giant, Luke Kelly, as his favourite signer. Celtic is his favourite soccer club, with Irish movie ‘Man about Dog’ his favourite movie.
But regarding a star from another sport he admires, the corner forward made a surprise choice – darts champion Adrian Lewis.