Tuesday 28 January 2020

Reidy latest to go as Kerry continue to reduce panel

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Double All-Ireland medal winner Padraig Reidy has been cut loose from the Kerry squad.

Reidy, who played in the 2007 and 2008 All-Ireland finals at corner-back and was an unused sub in the '09 decider, has been struggling with a hamstring injury in recent weeks.

The Scartaglin clubman -- one of a number of fringe players to be released by the Kerry management after they decided to reduce their squad -- featured in just four League games last year and was never used in the Championship.

Kerry are developing alternative defenders, with Peter Crowley, Brian McGuire and Daniel Bohan all staking strong claims for places.

Meanwhile, Kieran Donaghy says he is prepared to play anywhere for his county after completing a full match as a wing-forward against Down in Newry last Sunday.

Donaghy believes it's good for the team to develop options and not become one-dimensional in their approach to attacking play.

Manager Jack O'Connor praised Donaghy's leadership from the '40' after Sunday's match and, with Declan O'Sullivan picking off three important second-half points, the experiment went well.

"It's enjoyable. I got a lot of easy ball. There were no fellas pulling and dragging out of you," said Donaghy.

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"Whenever I have a Kerry crest on me, I don't care what number I have on my back, even if I am only a sub. It's all about winning for Kerry.

"It's good to show versatility. I know how to play full-forward as well but it's good for the team that we have got options, that we have another plan and to try and vary it a bit from game to game."

Donaghy says the inclusion of a number of new faces allied to the success in their two away games to date has created a new energy in Kerry after the manner of their All-Ireland final defeat last September.

"Peter Crowley and Daniel Bohan were outstanding against Down. James O'Donoghue was great too and Paddy Curtin stuck with it even if it didn't go for him in the first half. He tackled hard and got a nice second-half point.

"We're building, we're trying to introduce young fellas into the team and the panel and they've shown great enthusiasm. It's driving the rest of us on."

Barry John Keane's form has also been impressive and the Kerin O Rahillys man admits he has learned a lesson after being sent off in the opening League game of 2011 against Cork.

"I'm trying to keep the cool and give it a go now," said Keane, who earned a late call-up after Darran O'Sullivan's withdrawal due to a knock to the head he sustained in training.

O'Sullivan is expected to return to the Kerry team for next week's visit of Donegal to the Kingdom.

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