Wednesday 22 November 2017

Returning Galvin set for switch to centre-back role

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

PAUL Galvin is expected to make his return from a lengthy suspension when Kerry reveal their team tonight for Sunday's relegation battle with Monaghan.

But it is exactly where last season's Footballer of the Year is selected that is providing intrigue as there is growing speculation that the wing-forward is being lined up to take over the pivotal centre-back spot.

Galvin was tried out in the No 6 jersey while Kerry were training in Portugal last week.

Mike McCarthy came out of retirement last year to expertly fill that troublesome position but he has not returned since.

Aidan O'Mahony played at centre-back in Kerry's last NFL game -- which they lost to Tyrone -- but he picked up a red card and a mandatory four-week ban.

Galvin picked up an eight-week suspension in the second NFL game of the season, against Cork, a decision that was widely perceived to be extremely harsh. There were fears that this would cause him to quit the county scene prematurely, but those fears proved unfounded.

Galvin played at right half-back for UCC in 1999 when they won the Munster club title, winning a provincial 'player of the tournament' award in that role.

Irish Independent

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