St Brendan's nominate John Egan to captain Kerry hurlers in 2014

St Brendans clubman John Egan will captain the Kerry hurling team in 2014
St Brendans clubman John Egan will captain the Kerry hurling team in 2014

Damian Stack

JOHN Egan will captain the Kerry senior hurling team in 2014.

The County Senior Hurling Champions, St Brendans, nominated their star forward for the role this week. His St Brendans team-mate Darren Dineen – who was voted the player of the 2013 County Senior Hurling Championship last weekend – will be the vice-captain.

New manager Eamonn Kelly has also revealed his back-room team for the coming season. Causeway's DJ Leahy and Abbeydorney's Tom O'Connell will be selectors; Ballyheigue's John Lucid will be team statistician; while Tipperary legend Brendan Cummins will provide specialist goalkeeping coaching when required.

Kelly will give last year's Kerry goalkeeper and Christy Ring Cup All Star award winner, Bernard Rochford, time to decide upon his future involvement with the Kerry hurling team.

"Bernard Rochford has had a new baby in the last week or two so we said that we would give him a couple weeks, but my thought is that I would like to have three goalkeepers competing one way or the other," he revealed.

Should Rochford return to the fold he seems set to fave stiff competition from local shot-stoppers Tadhg Flynn of Causeway and Martin Stackpoole of Lixnaw.

"I managed the UL team for two years and Tadhg Flynn was our goalie," Kelly said. "I also watched the county final DVD and Martin Stackpoole was superb in that game. There's huge talent there."

Kelly also revealed that star wing-back Darragh O'Connell will return to the fold once he has completed exams this month.