'There's always a place for divisional teams in Kerry'

November 07, 2023

East Kerry's Paudie Clifford

Paudie Clifford thinks the format used in the Cork Premier SFC could solve the Kerry SFC divisional team conundrum.

The divisional teams play off among themselves in the Rebel County to decide who qualifies for the knockout stages, and Clifford thinks a similar system could be applied in the Kingdom. Speaking to TG4 after he captained East Kerry to their second Kerry SFC title in-a-row, the county star acknowledged the unfair advantage divisional teams have over club sides – they are exempt from relegation, for example – but insisted that they still have an important role to play in Kerry football.

"I always think there's a place for divisional teams," he said.

"There could obviously be more senior (club) teams in Kerry, there's no doubt about that. So maybe, like what they do in Cork, where they have to play-off, maybe they could look at something like that."

Ironically, Clifford will line out for his club Fossa rather than East Kerry in next year’s Kerry SFC if they should overcome Milltown-Castlemaine in the upcoming Kerry IFC final.

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