Kerry captain Paul Murphy is heeding the advice from an American crime drama when readying for the challenge of Clare this Saturday.

2014 All Star Murphy used the lockdown to watch The Wire and found himself referencing the US show when describing the approach of having no trap door or qualifiers to fall back on if they are defeated by Clare.

“I was watching The Wire over lockdown, there was a good quote in it ‘the game is the same it just got more fierce’, that is essentially what it is, you have to go out and win every game, whatever safety blanket that might have been there is gone now,” the man of the match from the 2014 All-Ireland Final commented.

Preparing for their clash with Clare is all that is occupying the minds of the Kerry team, he said. “Going back a couple of years when there was a backdoor, we would have prepared for every game individually and wouldn’t have been looking ahead, this is no different. We’re focusing on Clare, we’re guaranteed one match and our hope is to have a second match and to plan for that then, at the moment we’re looking at Clare and no further”.

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