HE’S WON ALL-IRELANDS in green and gold, but Kerryman Tommy Walsh says he’s now looking forward to receiving his first red and white jersey.
The Tralee man has moved from first Aussie rules outfit St Kilda to Sydney Swans and will be presented with his shirt for the coming season at a traditional ‘Guernsey Presentation and Hall of Fame Dinner’ on Monday night.
The jersey, however, will have a taste of the Kingdom – he’ll wear Tadhg Kennelly’s old number, 17.
“I spoke to Tadhg about it and he said just treat it as an Irish number and it’s kind of a symbol of where you come from, as it was for him during his career,” Walsh told the Swans official website.
“It’s a great honour to be given the number 17, so I’m just looking forward to the night and everything that goes with it.
“It’s an amazing feeling – it’s indescribable really. When you get (a jersey) for the first time, it’s just such a sense of pride when you put it on, and you just want to wear it every single week and just keep putting it on.”
Listowel native Kennelly became the first Irishman to win an AFL Premiership medal before returning to earn an All-Ireland senior football medal, along with Walsh, with his home county in 2009.