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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Tipp legend Brendan Cummins to coach Kerry goalkeepers

Brendan Cummins

FORMER Tipperary star Brendan Cummins has been unveiled as the new goalkeeping coach for the Kerry hurlers.

Cummins, who retired from inter-county duty with Tipperary following the 2013 championship, has accepted an invitation to link up with new Kerry boss Eamonn Kelly.

The pair know each other in a professional capacity as bank officials and Cummins has agreed to join his fellow Premier County native in the Kingdom.

Securing the services of two-time All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Cummins (38) is a major coup for Kelly, who confirmed: "We have Brendan coming in as the goalkeeping coach. We need to keep this fresh and professional."

Kelly indicated that Tadhg Flynn, who had a spell with Limerick before returning to the Kingdom, Martin Stackpoole and Cork native Bernard Rochford will be his three netminders this season.

OUTSTANDING

"I managed the UL Fitzgibbon Cup team for two years -- Tadhg was our goalie," said Kelly.

"I watched the DVD of Ardfert and Lixnaw (2013 county SHC final) and Stackpoole was outstanding (for Lixnaw).

"Bernard Rochford had a new baby in the last week or two -- we said we'd give him a week or two to see where his head is on that.

"My thoughts are that I'd like to have three goalies competing."

Kelly has enlisted another former Tipperary senior hurler, Brian Horgan, as his coach for the coming season.

Horgan worked alongside current Waterford senior selector William Maher when Tipperary won the All-Ireland MHC title in 2012.

Kildangan native Kelly said: "I know him (Horgan) over the years as a top-class coach. He will definitely coach the Tipperary senior team in years to come. We see this as a stepping stone on the way."

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