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Kennelly to take up coaching role

Tadhg Kennelly will take up employment with Kerry County Board as a coaching officer.

Kennelly, who is tipped to make an appearance for Kerry at some stage in Sunday's league game with Derry in Bellaghy, will join the already expansive coaching system that exists in the Kingdom.

Kennelly has been in the market for employment since returning home from Australia after 10 years as an Aussie rules footballer with Sydney Swans.

Kerry are keen to make the most of his high profile and his experience as a professional footballer Down Under.

"It has not been formally announced yet but he is taking up a role as a coaching officer. It's great news for us because you are talking about a man with huge experience," said county chairman Jerome Conway.

"He also did coaching in Australia as part of his training so he has the experience of working with juveniles."

Kennelly partnered Micheal Quirke at midfield on Sunday last when Kerry played the Kerry U-21 team in an internal practice game

Elsewhere, experienced attacker Simon Rea has made a welcome return to the Carlow senior football panel and manager Luke Dempsey is confident that the Walsh brothers will soon follow. Rea has rejoined the county squad following an horrific shoulder break sustained on club duty with Eire Og last November.

Rea has returned to full training but Dempsey believes that the player is at least three weeks away from full fitness.

The manager is also looking forward to the return of Thomas and Patrick Walsh to the panel once the pair's rugby commitments come to an end.

Dempsey said: "Tom and Patrick Walsh have committed themselves to Tullow rugby but hopefully they will be part of the Carlow panel for the remainder of the league and championship."