THE Kerry ladies football squad has been given a major boost ahead of their All-Ireland Final next month with the news that Mags O'Donoghue has returned to the panel.
O'Donoghue, who is a vastly experienced player, had stepped back from the team this year in order to get married, but she has been recalled to the squad ahead of the All-Ireland final against Cork on October 7.
Team manager William O'Sullivan said that O'Donoghue had been playing very well with her club, and was very impressive in a recent county final with Sliabh Luachra, which prompted the Legion man to invite the player back into the panel.
"Mags is a very experienced footballer, but that isn't always enough to bring a player back in. They have to be able to offer something more to the team and Mags recent form suggests that she has much to offer ahead of the final."
O'Donoghue herself has expressed her delight at returning to the senior panel, saying she was delighted to accept the invitation back from manager William O'Sullivan.
"I was delighted when he rang me. After being involved for the last 10 or 11 years you always ask yourself will you give it another go at the start of every year or not but it's great to be back in and involved with such a great management team and a group of girls. I'm really looking forward to heading up to Croke Park with them," she said.
O'Sullivan confirmed that Edel Murphy and Emma Sherwood are expected to return to full training this week after missing a few weeks through injury, while adding that the moving of the All-Ireland Final out a week hasn't caused any problem for preparations.
Meanwhile, Gavin Corrigan will referee the final. Corrigan, from Down, took charge of last year's Intermediate final.