Keane shakes up Kerry squad for 2019
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.