KERRY have sprung a surprise after Eoin Brosnan (right) was named to captain the county's senior footballers in 2013.
As county champions, Brosnan's club Dr Crokes have the honour of naming the team skipper and many expected that his club-mate Colm Cooper would captain the Kingdom for a third successive year. However, Brosnan is the man who will lead out Eamonn Fitzmaurice's team in the coming season.
The Killarney man's elevation to the captaincy comes less than two years after he made a dramatic comeback from retirement.
The 32-year-old, who has three All-Ireland medals, made his Kerry senior debut in 2000 and he captained his county the following year when they were crushed by Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Having started out as a free-scoring centre-forward, Brosnan has since been converted into a centre-back and at the start of 2011 he was persuaded to come out of retirement by Jack O'Connor.
A solicitor based in Killarney, Brosnan is trying to recover from a calf injury ahead of Dr Crokes' All-Ireland club semi-final clash against Ballymun Kickhams.
His selection as Kerry captain was announced at a dinner last night to celebrate the club's success as three-in-a-row Kerry senior championship winners.