Maurice Fitzgerald answers Kerry's call

The name of Maurice Fitzgerald was ratified as Diarmuid Murphy’s replacement as a Kerry senior selector at last night’s County Committee meeting held at IT Tralee.

Patrick O’Sullivan who was chairing his final meeting before handing over to Tim Murphy at next month’s County Convention said that the addition of Maurice Fitzgerald was a massive boost for Kerry football.

“He is a man with huge experience both what he has done on the pitch and what he has done off the pitch with St Mary’s. As a player he was unequalled and commands huge respect countrywide.

“He will be able to give advice to players, he will know all there is to know on preparation and young players will look up to Maurice because he will not ask them to do anything that he was not able to do himself.

“You always hope your best players will get back involved and Maurice has stepped up to the plate and I wish him all the best going forward. Maurice is one of the few people who have never retired from Kerry. He is coming back in a new role is a born winner and if brings that leadership into the dressing room, Kerry will prosper in the years ahead.”

There were nine motions down for discussion but none were passed, with a motion from Renard stating “that county players are made available to their clubs up to two weeks prior to Kerry fixtures” being roundly defeated.

A motion from the same club stated “that all clubs get a minimum of four season passes from the county board” was also defeated, as was a motion from Rathmore suggesting that scoring difference rather than play-offs should decide league positions.

Croke Park has approved a derogation to allow Patrick Kelly of Clarecastle to play with the Kerry senior hurlers in Division 1B in 2017.

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