Kerry star takes GAA goalkeeper gloves to a whole other level
Brendan Kealy is no stranger to a bit of German technology.
The Kerry number one has been sporting uhlsport gloves for a while now but his latest package is something else.
Goalkeepers have come a long way. Remember the great revolution of the finger-save gloves back around the turn of the century? That changed everything.
But the Kingdom's All-Star is way ahead of the rest of us.
Ahead of the real action for the 2017 season, Kealy has gone and ordered in a new batch of these bad boys and, by God, they look the part.
These things are highly sought-after. Comfortable, advanced, but they don't come for free on the uhlsport website.
As well as grip and what they call a 'backhand' - and, unfortunately, some feature that helps punching the ball (*spit on that suggestion) - some of these beauties are equipped with incredible pieces of technology.
- Newly-developed finger surround.
- Tight-fitting characteristics for ball contact feel.
- Special 3D-embossed and impactabsorbent SCHOCKZONE. Yep, schockzone.
- Flexible thumb construction with inseams to give excellent grip.
Rob Hennelly knows the craic.
But Stephen Cluxton prefers the German rival.
The sort that 1992 Donegal legend Gary Walsh went for himself.
Westmeath's Gary Connaughton is a simpler man.
But Finbar McConnell of Tyrone was a Sondico classic type of guy.
Not the real classics though.
But you wouldn't have caught Charlie Nelligan at that gloves nonsense.