KILDARE could be set to lose one of their brightest young starlets as Australian Football League teams continue to target Seán Hurley.
Hurley – named at wing-forward for Sunday's Allianz League Division One opener at home to Mayo – could be offered a contract with Fremantle Dockers ahead of their 2015 season after his recent trial Down Under.
While Hurley wasn't offered a 2014 contract after his trip to Perth, former Sydney Swans star Tadhg Kennelly says the Aussie Rules club is still in contact with the Johnstownbridge clubman and will monitor his progress. Kennelly works with the AFL in international recruitment. "Fremantle are still in regular contact," he said. "It's definitely not over for Seán, I wouldn't be surprised if they signed him for 2015." Hurley's clubmate, Daniel Flynn, profited from the 2013 Draft Combine straight away, signing with Port Adelaide.
Closer to home, Jason Ryan has named three league debutants for his own top-flight baptism with the Lilies - Mick O'Grady and Kevin Murnaghan in defence, plus Darroch Mulhall at full-forward - for the Newbridge showdown with Mayo. There is one change from the O'Byrne Cup final victory over Meath, Shane Connolly returning in goals.
Meath, meanwhile, have promoted Cillian O'Sullivan for his NFL debut against Galway, the former minor star having recently caught the eye with two goals against DCU.
KILDARE (SF v Mayo): S Connolly; M O'Grady, M Foley, H McGrillen; K Murnaghan, E Bolton, P Cribbin; T Moolick, G White; C McNally, E O'Flaherty, S Hurley; P Brophy, D Mulhall, P Fogarty.
MEATH (SF v Galway): P O'Rourke; D Keogan, K Reilly, M Burke; P Harnan, B Menton, D Dalton; C Gillespie, S O'Rourke; C O'Sullivan, D Carroll, G Reilly; E Wallace, S Bray, M Newman.
MAYO (SF v Kildare): R Hennelly; K Keane, G Cafferkey, C Boyle; L Keegan, S McHale, B Harrison; T Parsons, A O'Shea; C Carolan, K Higgins, A Gallagher; K McLoughlin, A Moran, D Coen.
DERRY (SF v Tyrone): T Mallon; D Brown, C McKaigue, D McBride; A McAlynn, M Lynch, SL McGoldrick; F Doherty, P Bradley; G O'Kane, J Kielt, E Lynn; C McFaul, E McGuckin, B Heron.
TYRONE (SF v Derry): N Morgan; A McCrory, C Clarke, B Tierney; C McGinley, P Harte, R McNabb; D McBride, C Grugan; N McKenna, S McGuigan, PJ Lavery; D McCurry, M Donnelly, P McNeice.
ARMAGH (SF v Louth): P McEvoy; P Hughes, C Vernon, M Murray; M Shields, A Mallon, R Gurgan; J Lavery, E Rafferty; S Campbell, J Hanratty, R Tasker; J Clarke, T Kernan, K Carragher.
LIMERICK (SF v Sligo): B Scanlon; L O'Dwyer, P Browne, J McCarthy; I Corbett, M Sheahan, P Ranahan; T Lee, D Treacy; M Brosnan, E Hanrahan, S Buckley; S O'Carroll, G Collins, I Ryan.
ANTRIM (SF v Leitrim): C Kerr; K O'Boyle, M Johnstone, J Crozier; T Scullion, M Sweeney, J Laverty; McMcCann, N McKeever; C Murray, M Pollock, P Kelly; P Cunningham, B Hasson, R McGrady.