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Brosnan back to bolster Kerry defence


Eoin Brosnan Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Eoin Brosnan Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Eoin Brosnan Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

EOIN Brosnan is to return to the Kerry football panel after an absence of nearly two years -- in the unexpected position of centre-back.

Brosnan's excellent club form with Dr Crokes, and the promptings of Kerry manager Jack O'Connor, have persuaded the big Killarney man to return to the fold for the first time since he quit county football midway through the 2009 championship.

O'Connor confirmed last night that the 31-year-old will return to training next Monday. It looks likely that he will see immediate action in Kerry's next Allianz League game against Mayo on Sunday week.

And it is at centre-back, not his more usual midfield or centre-forward roles, that Brosnan is expected to figure.

Kerry are short of defenders right now, with Mike McCarthy retired and Killian Young, Tommy Griffin and Tom O'Sullivan still unavailable.

Brosnan has played centre-back, midfield and centre-forward with his club and his form in the Munster club championships, where Dr Crokes lost the final to Nemo Rangers two weeks ago, was outstanding, so he will not be short of match fitness.

Earlier this week, his club manager Harry O'Neill said that Brosnan has just had "his best year for the club" and claimed that returning to the inter-county game "wouldn't be a problem for him".

Brosnan has won three All-Irelands with Kerry but missed out on a fourth in 2009 when he left the panel midway through their championship campaign.

He missed out on league action in 2009 but had returned in time for the championship.

But in two games, his only appearance was off the bench in the Munster SFC replay against Cork in June 2009 and he left the panel soon after that match, missing out on the Kingdom's back-door odyssey to another All-Ireland title.

Brosnan has clocked up 53 championship appearances since his debut against Tipperary in 2001.

Irish Independent