Kernan picks his three best attackers of all time

Aaron Kernan has selected the three greatest forwards that he believes have ever played the game of Gaelic Football.

Speaking of the GAAGO magazine show ‘Ratified’ Kernan, along with Marc O’Se, Michael Murphy and Paddy Andrews, picked their best forwards.

The former Crossmaglen and Armagh defender chose Peter Canavan, David Clifford and Trevor Giles.

Like his colleagues Murphy and Andrews, Kernan included Canavan and Clifford. But his third pick was “probably a bit left field”.

“I’ve gone for Peter Canavan, I’ve gone David Clifford. The old tradition head on me, probably a bit left field, I’m going to go Trevor Giles,” said Kernan.

“Footballer of the year, twice. Meath won the All-Ireland twice, he was the Footballer of the Year twice. And because he cut the sleeves off, that is iconic.

“For me, you’re trying to compare the greatest footballers we’ve seen in 30 years. I’m trying to come at it from different angles in terms of different types of forwards.

“Giles, at that stage, for what was a traditional role, and we’ve gone away from that and it’s a role I miss because Brian McGuigan sort of came after him.

“I marked McGuigan as well. He was great, he’d just lead you five yards one way and cut 20 yards into space the other way, get the ball, one step on the half turn, and they’re feeding full forward line.

“I know football’s different now with players back and that pop pass in front maybe not on as much. But for me, I just loved Giles.

“He always had his head up; he was always composed. For someone to do what he did, win two All-Irelands, win Footballer of the Year both years and do your cruciate in between, he was incredible.”

Aaron Kernan has selected the three greatest forwards that he believes have ever played the game of Gaelic Football.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Diarmuid Connolly

Former Donegal captain Murphy also picked out Diarmuid Connolly and Kernan shared an insight into his mentality.

“We were playing St Vincent’s in a challenge game on a Saturday evening the night before the 2016 All-Ireland final,” recalled Kernan.

“I was waiting on my player to come out at the start of the second half and he just hadn’t come over and I was looking over the dugout going, where is my man?

“There was Connolly standing giving him instructions in the dugout. This was 19:00 in Crossmaglen, the night before an All-Ireland senior final.

“He went out into the car park, signed autographs, got his picture taken and he comes out as a stormer the next day in an All-Ireland final.”

Aaron Kernan has selected the three greatest forwards that he believes have ever played the game of Gaelic Football.
Photo Credit: John Merry