Thursday 24 August 2017

Kerry sweat over Galvin as ex-county star Fitzmaurice gets U-21 nod

Kerry star Paul Galvin has not trained since suffering a hamstring injury in the last round of the league.
Kerry star Paul Galvin has not trained since suffering a hamstring injury in the last round of the league.
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KERRY star Paul Galvin is still a serious injury concern ahead of the Munster SFC quarter-final against Tipperary on Sunday week.

The Finuge man has not trained since coming off with a hamstring injury against Down in the last round of the Allianz Football League.

And Kerry boss Jack O'Connor has admitted Galvin is a doubt.

"He spent the last three weeks trying to rehab his hamstring and that is where he is at the moment -- he hasn't resumed training," O'Connor explained.

"Often, hamstrings are related to the back as well. We will see. It is the old story, when you are recovering from one injury, you will get another."

Tommy Griffin, who missed the entire league campaign with a tendon injury, is Kerry's only other casualty.

O'Connor also insisted that people will dismiss Dublin at their peril this summer.

"The Dubs will still be there," he said. "People are talking about them as if they have some kind of problem psychologically with closing out games, but I would not go along with that. If Dublin get an injury-free run, and get a bit of momentum going, they'll be very dangerous this year."

Ratified

Elsewhere, former county star Eamonn Fitzmaurice was ratified as the Kingdom's new U-21 football manager last night.

Despite his relative youth, Fitzmaurice has already been a county senior selector with O'Connor for two seasons, before stepping down this year.

The Finuge man was considered a vital cog in the Kerry machine -- working away behind the scenes on video analysis in his two-year stint -- and was also very well respected by the players.

He replaces John Kennedy, whose management team resigned after suffering a heavy defeat by Cork this year. Pat Spillane and Mickey Ned O'Sullivan were also thought to be in the running for the county U-21 job, but Fitzmaurice got the nod.

A teacher in PS Chorca Dhuibhne, Fitzmaurice led their U-16 side to Munster and Kerry Colleges titles this year. He has been given a two-year term and his early appointment means he will be able to spot prospective talent in the county championship starting in June.

Fitzmaurice still plays with his club and is considered a potential Kerry senior boss for the future, if he wishes to go down that road.

He has yet to name his management team, but no doubt O'Connor will be optimistic about the appointment and hope that his former selector can help in the development of players for the senior panel.

Irish Independent

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