KERRY'S opening round Allianz League match against Mayo next February just got a little bit more interesting with the news that Castleisland native and highly regarded football coach, Donie Buckley, has joined up with the Mayo senior football management team.
Buckley was confirmed on Monday night as part of Mayo manager James Horan's coaching team for 2013, replacing Cian O'Neill, who left Mayo last month to join Kerry's management team.
With Buckley having been involved with the Kerry senior panel in 2011 as a coach on Jack O'Connor's management team, this effectively means a swap between Kerry and Mayo of Buckley and O'Neill.
The two men will cross paths when the counties meet in the opening round of the National League when Kerry travel to Castlebar to face the beaten All-Ireland finalists.
Buckley is a highly regarded tactical coach and following the departure of O'Neill, who is also hugely regarded in the business, it looks like very good business by Horan to get the Ennis based Buckley on board.
Meanwhile, Fitzmaurice will be a very interested spectator at Sunday's county senior football final when champions Dr Crokes and Dingle meet in Austin Stack Park.
Both teams have no new injury concerns following their respective wins in the final round of the county league, which means the clubs will meet in the league final also.
Fitzmaurice himself will play in the curtain -raiser on Sunday when his club, Finuge, take on Spa in the county intermediate football championship final.
Meanwhile, three-time AllIreland medal winner Seamus Scanlon announced his retirement from intercounty football over the weekend, after 11 seasons as a Kerry player.
The Currow man, who played minor and U-21 with Kerry, won an All Star in 2009 at midfield but last year was more marginalised from the starting team.