In a wide ranging address to the Kerry GAA County Convention on Tuesday night, Chairman Tim Murphy promised a range of measures that will be taken in 2020.
Murphy also pinpointed the development of football in the North Kerry region amid growing concerns about the standard of football in the area.
“An Rúnaí (Peter Twiss), in his report has already made reference to the concentration of players involved at Senior level being from the eastern side of the county in comparison to the northern half. There is definitely an imbalance here that needs to be addressed. Football development in the northern part of the county has, over the years produced some of Kerry’s greatest footballers so it is incumbent on us to closely examine the issues with all the relevant stakeholders and devise a strategy to address the current situation.”
As we exclusively revealed in last week’s Kerry’s Eye Sport, the preparations for the 2020 season have already begun in the Kerry senior football camp and 11 new players have been added to the Kerry senior football panel.
The players and management met up initially after the December 1st return to training deadline. Then last week the squad held their first training session ahead of the McGrath Cup opener at the end of this month and then their league opener against Dublin on January 25th.
John Sugrue and his U20 squad will form the core of the McGrath Cup squad. The former Laois manager will be on the sideline for the duration of the McGrath Cup with Peter Keane keeping a watching brief from the stands.
Na Gaeil added another historic chapter to their club’s history following an emphatic victory over Mullinahone in a one-sided Munster Premier Junior Championship Final at the Mallow Sports Complex on Sunday.
The eventual scoreline tells its own story and it reflected a massive gulf in class between the two combatants.
The Tipperary standard bearers were totally out of their depth and when the game went into added time, we all wondered, would the losers register a single score.