Keane shakes up Kerry squad for 2019

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New Kerry man­ager Peter Keane has moved quickly to re­ju­ve­nate his squad for 2019, with es­tab­lished play­ers such as for­mer cap­tain Fionn Fitzger­ald, Barry John Keane and Mark Grif­fin ex­cluded from pre-sea­son plans for the new cam­paign.

Kerry re­sume col­lec­tive train­ing at the start of De­cem­ber and drafted in for pre­sea­son are the likes of Rath­more keeper Shane Ryan, Gavin O’brien of Kerins O’rahilly’s and Rob Whar­ton (Re­nard) while there are re­calls for Firies’ Jack Sher­wood and Jonathan Lyne of Le­gion. Dr Crokes duo Tommy Bros­nan and David Shaw are also on the radar of the new Kerry man­ager though they are in­volved in Mun­ster club ac­tion with the Kerry cham­pi­ons up to next week­end at least.

Play­ers re­ceived text con­fir­ma­tion of their in­volve­ment in the past week. How­ever, there is some dis­ap­point­ment at the man­ner in which some es­tab­lished mem­bers of the Kerry squad were ex­cluded with­out con­tact from man­age­ment. One long-serv­ing player is be­lieved to have rang the new man­ager in case he had missed out on a text by ac­ci­dent.

Among those who re­ceived no com­mu­ni­ca­tion were Fionn Fitzger­ald, Kerry’s joint-skip­per when they last lifted Sam Maguire in 2014, his Dr Crokes col­league Daithí Casey, and two of the full-back line on duty against Mon­aghan in the penul­ti­mate Su­per 8 game last July, Mark Grif­fin and Ro­nan Shana­han. Barry John Keane also ap­pears to be sur­plus to re­quire­ments for the time be­ing, as is his club col­league Jack Sav­age.

With a num­ber of re­tire­ments al­ready con­firmed, other play­ers such as David Clif­ford and Kevin Mc­carthy un­avail­able, and Dr Crokes pos­si­bly plan­ning for an All-ire­land semi-fi­nal at that stage, it sug­gests Kerry man­ager Keane will kick off the league cam­paign against Ty­rone at the end of Jan­uary with a muchchanged and largely in­ex­pe­ri­enced squad.

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