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Declan O'Sullivan believes Kerry have evolved

By Declan Bogue

Kerry's veteran attacker Declan O'Sullivan has claimed that their evolution as a team will help them as they face Donegal seeking to avenge their 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat.

"That was a really difficult game to play in at the time," said the 30-year-old from Dromid Pearses.

"As much as you can analyse and talk about it, that was the first time we had come up against their mass defence. It was a difficult system.

"The hardest thing to adjust to when playing Donegal is that positions mean nothing. They defend as a team and attack as a team and if you're a corner-back you could find yourself up in a corner-forward position."

Turning the spotlight to his own, he continued: "I think we have moved on since then. Our level of analysis is greater, Eamonn (Fitzmaurice) has come on board and even our physical fitness, our strength and conditioning has moved onto a new level."

O'Sullivan also reveals that he is not thinking in terms of this being his last day in the white-heat of an All-Ireland final, this being the ninth time he will feature in the showpiece day.

"That is the one trap you can't fall into, allowing your mind to wonder what if we win or lose," he explains. "The focus is on performance, training, and dealing with the razzmatazz of the final."

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