O'Sullivan remembers London roots
18 September 2009
|Kerry's Darren O'Sullivan|
Darran O'Sullivan could become the first English born player to captain a county to the Sam Maguire on Sunday as the Kingdom attacker learnt his trade with Tir Chonaill Gaels in London.
From good Kerry stock, O'Sullivan was born in the English capital and played football with the Greenford based club at underage level up to U14 level before he moved to Kerry.
"I started playing for the Gaels and from memory we won nearly everything that was going at the time," O'Sullivan told the Irish Post newspaper.
Ironically ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland final against the Rebel County O'Sullivan reveals that his coach and the man who taught him the skills was a Cork man.
"Our trainer was a Cork man called Denis O'Leary and he's still a close family friend. I have fond memories of playing for the Gaels from under-10 to under-14 level and even though I don't get back to London that often I look back at that time as an important period in my development as a player."