Kilkenny Footballer Melts Viewers' Hearts On This Week's Underdogs

Kilkenny Footballer Melts Viewers' Hearts On This Week's Underdogs

Former Kilkenny minor football captain Stephen Scallan stole the show on last night's episode of Underdogs, as the youngster came within inches of being cut from the panel.

Scallan was a member of that notorious underage side who were on the receiving end of a 70-point hammering two years ago by Wexford. This year he joined TG4's Underdogs in a bid to realise his footballing dream. Kilkenny's absence of any Gaelic football stronghold meant his level of skill dwindled behind several of his peers but what he lacked in skill he more than made up for in desire.

Scallan found himself in the final three this week but was saved by selectors Ray Silke, Valerie Mulcahy and Paul Galvin.



In the end, Kerry legend Paul Galvin had some wise words for Scallon that are poignant for anyone looking to improve as a footballer.

From day one there was something special in you, in terms of attitude and spirit. That is why you are still here. That stuff is very powerful. That stuff can take you anywhere. If I was to pick out one guy, I look for practice and improvement in people.

Mirco-improvements daily and you are the epitome of mirc0-improvements daily in terms of your skills. You didn't have a right foot, then I saw you with half a right foot now I see you with a right foot. If the 30 or 20 other guys in the group had the same application, we'd be in a very good place.

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