Darragh O’Se believes Donaghty should play midfield

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Updated: February 23, 2011

Darragh O Se has called on the Kerry football management to give Kieran Donaghy a run at midfield.

Donaghy initially began his inter-county career as a midfielder in 2005, before his dramatic switch to the forward line transformed Kerry’s fortunes the following year.

However, with no one yet staking a claim for Darragh’s position at centrefield, the player himself believes that management should take a chance with Donaghty.

Even on a temporary basis, O Se feels it could benefit the players and the team. “I’d like to see Kieran back out there for one or two league games anyway,” he said.

“Darran O’Sullivan is playing very well and Declan O’Sullivan is coming back in, but you could throw him (Declan) in at full-forward where he has been effective before.

“I’d say it would do Donaghy’s game no end of good to get out around the middle and shake himself up a bit,” O’Se continued.

Kerry have tried Seamus Scanlon, David Moran and Anthony Maher at midfield since the start of the season and with Micheal Quirke yet to resume, the positions are still up in the air.

There are suggestions that the management are seriously looking at deploying Donaghy around the middle again and O Se believes it would be “no harm” to change the perception that Kerry have become somewhat one-dimensional with him at full-forward.

“It’s important for Kerry not to go down that road,” he said.

“To be fair, when Kieran does get on the ball, a lot of good stuff comes off him.

“I think if they change it around a bit — he does drift out the field himself from time to time — it would be no harm and I’d say Kieran would be open to it himself for a game or two.

“I’d like to see him out there just to get his lungs open for a change again. I think it would be a good idea.”

O Se has no concerns about the make up of a defence that looks set to be held together by Eoin Brosnan at centre-back.

“We have a good number of backs,” he said. “Killian Young is coming back, Aidan O’Mahony is going well, Marc O Se is going well. You have Padraig Reidy, Shane Enright, Jonathan Lyne, so we’re well served with backs.

“It’s just about getting the right combination now at this stage.

“Eoin Brosnan had a very good game the last day as well. It’s interesting times going forward over the next few league games and what way they line out.”

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