Sunday 23 September 2018

Kerry set to ring changes for league campaign

Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is planning the early part of their league campaign without a number of their most experienced players.

And Jonathan Lyne, who played in the 2015 All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin, and Michael Geaney, who featured in the drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo last August before injury ruled him out of the replay, are understood to be no longer part of the panel.

David Moran is among those who are not expected to see much league action as he allows for recurring injuries to subside.

Donnchadh Walsh is another who will have a delayed return due to his involvement with his club Cromane in the Munster B final on February 3.

Fitzmaurice will outline his plans for the season at a Kerry media event next week. Kieran Donaghy has already committed to a 14th inter-county season.

Forefront

Fitzmaurice is expected to introduce a number of young players during the early stages of the league campaign with Sean O'Shea and David Clifford, members of the more recent All-Ireland minor teams, among those at the forefront.

But there has also been a recall for the talented Dr Crokes player Daithi Casey, who was in top form during the county final win over South Kerry last October.

Casey had been a member of the 2014 All-Ireland-winning squad but was let go after the 2015 league.

Casey will join club colleagues, goalkeeper Shane Murphy and defenders John Payne and Gavin White who have also been called up to the senior squad.

Murphy is expected to feature prominently during the league after his performances for Crokes last year, but potentially one of his chief rivals for the No 1 position, Shane Ryan, has declined an invitation to join the squad.

Irish Independent

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