Quinn says Walsh's size might matter

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 12:29

Tommy Walsh has attracted much interest from AFL clubs
Tommy Walsh has attracted much interest from AFL clubs

Longford native Michael Quinn has warned Tommy Walsh that his size could prove a hindrance should the Kerry attacker ever decide to try his hand at Aussie Rules.

Quinn, who plays with AFL club Essendon, believes that Walsh's big stature could impede any prospective career Down Under.

'Tommy came out to Australia for a trial with St Kilda last November, but any number of GAA players would have done the same thing if they had been offered free flights and accommodation after the All-Ireland,' Quinn told the Irish Sun.

'Tommy's a great player but Australian Rules is more suited to shorter, quicker players.

'I don't think Tommy will want to leave the GAA, but if he does he might struggle, because in his early 20s, he would be starting his AFL career late,' Quinn added.

21-year-old Walsh formed a prolific 'Twin Towers' partnership with Kieran Donaghy in last year’s Championship. However, Donaghy’s injury problems this season have put more pressure on the Kerins O'Rahillys clubman to come up with the goods.

The Kingdom struggled through the qualifiers, but their resounding All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Dublin has put them in a good position to reach their eighth All-Ireland decider of this decade.