The discussion of 'dual players' has been something very much on the GAA agenda this year but, this evening, Off the Ball was joined by a dual player of a very different kind. Kevin Moran, who played Gaelic Football for Dublin before making the move across the Irish Sea to pursue a career in professional soccer, spoke about what was going on in his mind at the time of his move to the UK:
"You were just enjoying Dublin, you know. We had won ’76, we had won ’77 and, you know, everything was just fantastic and the camaraderie we had at that time was something I didn’t want to lose but the only reason why I went over – it wasn’t the money... because the money wasn’t that big at the time – but the only reason why I went was because I said to myself ‘I’ll always ask myself in 10 years, 15, 20, 30 years of age, ‘could I have made it?’’
Moran also revealed that he felt his real talent was always best served by Gaelic Games:
"I definitely felt I had much more of an ability with Gaelic Football, I just felt that it was so natural for me to play the game and it came to me easy whereas soccer didn’t, you know. I had to really try and adapt to that and work on that and keep it simple."
You can listen to the full interview with Kevin Moran from tonight's Liberty Insurance Off the Ball Roadshow at the Knockranny House Hotel in Westport below.