Monday 11 December 2017

Bryan Sheehan handed armband as Kingdom confirm Paul Galvin exit

Galvin had retired in 2014 before making a shock return last March. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Galvin had retired in 2014 before making a shock return last March. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
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Kerry have announced that Bryan Sheehan will captain the team this year after county champions South Kerry informed the county that he is their nominee.

Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice yesterday also confirmed that Paul Galvin has called time on his career for a second time.

Galvin had retired in 2014 before making a shock return last March and although injuries hampered his campaign, he did come off the bench in the All-Ireland defeat to Dublin. The 36-year-old won four All-Ireland medals and eight Munster titles as well as three All-Stars and the 2009 Footballer of the Year award.

Galvin was not involved in yesterday's McGrath Cup defeat to Clare and Fitzmaurice revealed afterwards that the Lixnaw native would soon be moving back to Dublin and would not be back on the panel.

"Paul won't be back. He is finished up. He got married, is moving back to Dublin. Other than that everyone else will be back," he said.

Fitzmaurice's hand will be strengthened by the fact that veterans Marc Ó Sé (35) and Aidan O'Mahony (35) are to prolong their inter-county careers.

There was also an encouraging update on Colm Cooper's shoulder problem but James O'Donoghue (shoulder) faces a longer spell out.

"The longest will be James, the shortest will be Colm, who will return in the next week or two. Colm just needs to get up to speed with regard to contact," said Fitzmaurice.

"We will gauge where everyone is at when we get back training."

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