1. Is Boyle-gate fully behind the panel?
When John Meyler reached for the nuclear option by dropping three of the four Boyle brothers from the panel a couple of weeks ago there was a widespread belief that come the Christy Ring all four brothers would be reunited once again... and so it has come to pass.
The big question hanging over the Kingdom at the moment is whether there is any long term fallout from the controversy?
Whether the Boyles will come back as motivated as before? Whether the other players will welcome them back into the fold with open arms? Whether there will be any damage to John Meyler's standing with the players?
The Boyles, we feel, will come back into the squad even more motiviated than ever to show us what their made of and the other players will, in fact, welcome them back with open arms. They want to win hurling games and having the Boyles around gives them a far greater chance of doing just that.
As for John Meyler's standing the eyes of the players, it would have been more likely to have diminished had he not brought them back into the fold than if he had.
2. Has the halfforward line been sorted out?
For a good stretch of this year's National League Kerry's half-forward line was a major concern for John Meyler. It simply wasn't firing. No matter what combination of players were tried in the position the ball simply wouldn't stick there and without the ball sticking in the halfforward line Kerry's inside players weren't getting the service their talents deserved.
The return of Gary O'brien (once he recovers from injury) could prove to be manna from heaven in this regard for John Meyler's men. The Ballyduff man was a major reason why the Kingdom defeated Wicklow so comprehensively last June – it he can repeat his bustling runs and ball winning form from last year then Kerry have a great chance.
3. Will Kerry go for broke with youth or will older heads prevail?
Younger guns like Rory Horgan and Paud Costello have made a huge impact in defence during the league, leaving more