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Kieran Donaghy Would Like Expanded Role For Kerry Keeper

Kieran Donaghy Would Like Expanded Role For Kerry Keeper

Shane Ryan was back between the posts for Kerry in Saturday evening's Munster semi-final against win Tipperary in Thurles.

Ryan, who has been Kerry's first choice goalkeeper under Peter Keane's management, missed the Kingdom's league campaign due to a knee injury. Kenmare man Kieran Fitzgibbon deputised during the league, and while Ryan was on the bench for the quarter-final win against Clare.

Former Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy, now part of the Armagh management team, would like to seen Peter Keane use Ryan in a more expansive role which sees him involved in play beyond his usual station. That would be a role similar to Niall Morgan for Tyrone and Rory Beggan with Monagahan.

Kieran Donaghy on Kerry keeper Shane Ryan

"What I like about Shane, and where I'd like to see Kerry use him more..." Donaghy told Sky Sports before Saturday's game.

"Shane Ryan is a fantastic footballer, plays full-forward for his club in Rathmore. I've seen hm kick six or seven points against us (Austin Stacks) in a County League game or two.

"As a goalie, in the modern game, we should be looking to use that, and get him out the pitch, and use that skill level, and decision-making on the ball, and being an extra man to help us up the pitch quickly.

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14 September 2019; Kerry goalkeeper Shane Ryan in action against Con O'Callaghan of Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Championship final replay at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

"That's somewhere he can add to the game as well. He's also a massive man. He's 6' 4". Thankfully, with Seanie O'Shea, we don't need a set piece guy. He's also a guy that kicks frees for his club.

"He's a really good footballer, a really intelligent guy, a good shotstopper as well. We'll be looking for all those facets from him today.

"He had a little tweak in his knee. It's interesting to see him coming back into the fold because it's such a vital position in the modern game. It's something that all Kerry fans will be looking for what Shane Ryan brings to the fold."

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