DYLAN CASEY could end up being Kerry’s square footage custodian – but for now all he wants to do is make sure he makes it to Sunday’s AIB Munster SFC club final.
Casey, 21, is tipped to be Kerry’s full-back in the very near future.
On Sunday, he will captain Austin Stacks in their decisive game against Cork’s St Finbarr at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
His solid performance in recent months has seen him called up by Kerry’s new boss Jack O’Connor and Casey will join the Kingdom council whenever the adventure comes. of the club ends.
“Obviously that’s what I’m aiming for,” he said.
“There’s an incredible amount of defenders inside in Kerry’s layout but it’s clearly something in my head and it’s something I’ve wanted to do from a very young age, ever since I was a kid. born, I suppose – like everyone else in Kerry, to dress in green and yellow.
“That’s what we’re aiming for as footballers here and it’s something I hope to achieve in the long run.
“But focusing on the club is my main priority right now.
“Obviously it’s a pleasure to be brought in by Jack and the management team and that’s something I can look forward to when it comes to it over the next few months, but hopefully we’re still long with the club for a few months. to weeks and months. ”
Casey learned his skill with help from one of the best strikers to play the game – his teammate, Kieran Donaghy.
He explained: “I will have the job of marking him at full-back in training, yes.
“Kieran has been very successful with me, and the rest of the young friends have started forming recently.
“Just his knowledge and experience of the game, there are always little snippets that he will also give you, almost teach you on the field, where you are almost like, ‘yes , next time I bookmark him how can I be better than my own?’
“Clearly his saves in the air and his positioning under the ball are second to none, and he was probably one of the best in the game there for over a decade.
“That’s what I enjoy, training every week, learning from him. No you better to learn from.
“Initially when I played against the seniors and started playing full-back, it was an almost surreal moment that marked perhaps my idol and my hero growing up in Kieran Donaghy.
“The first few sessions were a bit difficult, I probably understood how good he really is, but luckily I went a little further and kind of learned how to mark him now at this stage. , three or four. year down the line.
“He’s clearly someone I look up to and try to gather as much knowledge and experience as possible, yes.”
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Casey has also been given the job of tagging the likes of Seán O’Shea and David Clifford by Stacks in recent months by Stacks, so he’s picked out some of the best players in the game.
And on Sunday he will face a number of opponents who at different times are also teammates.
Cillian Myers-Murray and Brian Hayes of St Finbarr’s are on the UCC Sigerson board, as is Casey.
“Yes, there are a few people that I know well from playing college football in Cork who are playing with the Barrs,” he said.
“I’m going to play a year of Sigerson with both of them.”
THE AIB Munster Club SFC final between Austin Stacks and St Finbarr’s takes place at Semple Stadium at 1.45pm on Sunday.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/gaa-football/8196484/dylan-casey-kerry-austin-stacks-st-finbarrs/ Dylan Casey is a rising star in Kerry but for now is focused solely on helping Austin Stacks beat St Finbarr’s