Highlights on Off The Ball

On air now

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Kieran Donaghy:

Football

Kieran Donaghy: "If Cluxton played against Kerry, Dublin probably win"


Share this article


Frequent opponent and occasional teammate, Kieran Donaghy shared his insight into the sustained importance of Stephen Cluxton in Jim Gavin's Dublin set-up.

As yet absent during Dublin's indifferent start to the National Football League, only one win in three games has certain viewers speculating as to whether the reigning All-Ireland winners are overly reliant on the 37-year-old.

"It's just the effect he has ," Donaghy stated on Thursday's OTB AM.

"You look at how good he has been for so long in this Dublin team, and Evan Comerford is a great, solid goalkeeper, but when you try to compare solid with how good Stephen Cluxton has been for Dublin, I don't think there's ever been a player and maybe never a player again that runs a team like he does."

He's always keeping fellas on their toes, not really roaring and shouting or bellowing non-stop, but he is making sure they're doing their jobs.

Kieran Donaghy

Attempting to clarify the importance of Cluxton in Dublin's recent success, Kieran Donaghy was forced to look further afield for a suitable comparison.

"You talk about Tom Brady with the New England Patriots," Donaghy noted in reference to the recent Super Bowl winner.

"How stable himself and [Bill] Belichick have been, you've a feeling if Jim Gavin came in at the exact same time as Stephen Cluxton, you'd have that dynamic.

"[Cluxton] is the quarter-back of the team, he runs them, and just in Tralee on Saturday night, they just missed him.

"If Cluxton played on Saturday night, Dublin would probably win by a point or two."

A realistion that leaves Donaghy wondering how Gavin's side may fare in the latter rounds of this year's Championship should Cluxton be unavailable, the former inter-county Kerry star discussed his personal experiences with the Parnells man.

"He's just such a great communicator," Donaghy noted.

"I played with him in the international rules, and he'd be very quiet, obviously doing no media or any of that.

"As a teammate, he would be very direct in meetings.

"Playing against him, he's always keeping fellas on their toes, not really roaring and shouting or bellowing non-stop, but he is keeping everybody on their toes and making sure they're doing their jobs."

To the question that his absence in the NFL would perhaps signify any surprise departure from the inter-county scene, Kieran Donaghy was having none of it: "I think Cluxton will be giving his kicking-leg a bit of a break, but ya, he's going nowhere."

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Share this article


Read more about

Dublin GAA Gaelic Football Kerry GAA Kieran Donaghy Stephen Cluxton

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

Up next

OTB

OTB

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

07:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

OTB AM

OTB AM

07:00 AM-10:00 AM

Share

OTB AM Repeat

OTB AM Repeat

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

The Hurling Show

The Hurling Show

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on