Published: 12:44 | 21/1/20

Clifford untroubled by added responsibility

New Kerry captain David Clifford insists he is unfazed by the added responsibility that comes with the role.

Clifford, who has won two Munster titles, two All Stars and a Young Footballer of the Year gong, is the first Fossa player to captain the Kingdom’s senior football team.

"It’s a great honour for me, especially for my family and the club. Hopefully we will have a long year ahead," he told RTE after it was announced that he would succeed Gavin White in one of the most prestigious positions in football.

"There are plenty of leaders in the Kerry dressing room, they will keep doing what they’re doing. It won’t change too much."

Kerry manager Peter Keane also backed the new captain to succeed in the role despite his young years (Clifford celebrates his 21st birthday this month).

"I wouldn’t get too worried about the responsibility, but it is a big thing for a young man. That’s just the way it is," he added.

"We are happy that he is captain and we wish him and his family well, his dad Dermot and mother Ellen. They are all obviously looking forward to it."

The Kingdom open their league account in Croke Park, just four months after coming out the wrong side of the result in the drawn All-Ireland final.

Clifford is looking forward to the Allianz Leagues campaign which kicks-off this weekend for Kerry with a trip to Croke Park to face old rivals Dublin on Saturday night in a replay of last season’s All-Ireland final (LIVE on eir sport 2 from 7pm).

"Any time you get to ply your trade in Croke Park and test yourself against the benchmark in Gaelic football at the minute is always great,” he said.

"It will be a good test of us to see where we are and where we need to improve for the coming season."

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