Monday 5 December 2016

Kerry hoping Murphy switch will work again

Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice is hoping the switch of Paul Murphy from defence to attack will continue to help revitalise his team as they prepare for the visit of Donegal to Tralee tomorrow.

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The move of the 2014 All-Ireland final man of the match to No 11 for the win over Down came as a surprise to most observers, but Fitzmaurice says its an experiment the Kingdom want to continue.

"I thought he played very well - it was exciting for us, it was exciting for the team, and it was exciting for himself," said Fitzmaurice.

"He had a great game up in Down, but playing centre-forward against Donegal is a different kettle of fish, and that will be another challenge for Paul.

"We're looking forward to seeing how he gets on, because he has massive ability. He is an exciting player."

As for renewing rivalry with Donegal, Fitzmaurice added: "They will test you physically, the'll test you with their football, and they will also test your concentration levels, because of the type of game they play."

Irish Independent

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