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ClubSpotting with Stefan Okunbor

You get the sense with Kerry’s young guns, that an All-Ireland is inevitable. David Clifford and Sean O’Shea’s integration into senior inter-county football was that seamless that you could swear they have been around for 10 years already. Their success at minor level was a help of course but as we’ve seen in the past, it doesn’t guarantee anything when players make the step up. Another player from the golden era of Kerry minors was Stefan Okunbor. When news broke of AFL side Geelong acquiring his services, Kerry fans feared that another young star had slipped from their grasp. Now that he is returning and will potentially shore up their slightly leaky defence, the excitement is palpable that he could be the missing link to complete their journey to the promised land again. This week we went ClubSpotting with Stefan Okunbor to Na Gaeil GAA Club.

What are your first memories of your club Na Gaeil and what makes it special to you?

My first memory with Na Gaeil football club was a summer camp I attended when I was 6 years old. I was dubbed with the nickname “Scuba-Steve” from the movie Big Daddy and it stuck up until my minor year.

Who were your sporting idols growing up?

I never really had any if I’m being honest with you. Growing up, I enjoyed playing sport socially, so I guess my idols were my teammates. Although if I could have a coffee with either Mike Tyson or Ronaldinho I wouldn’t say no.

What has been the proudest moment of your playing career?

County League Division 2 minor final with my club Na Gaeil. We had an amazing journey to get there.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Jack Barry from Na Gaeil has always been a handful.

Best player you have played with?

David Clifford or Seanie O’Shea.

How did you enjoy your experience in the AFL?

For the most part, I can look back with fond memories. It was a massive learning curve and a lot of character building happened during my three years down under. Injuries added to some bouts of homesickness but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time.

What are your hopes and ambitions for the remainder of the 2021 season and for 2022?

Continue spending invaluable time with my family and friends and slowly getting back into my respective Gaelic Football teams.

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