Forget the media hype, says Kearns

LIMERICK football boss Liam Kearns has told his squad to get on with it and forget the media hype generated during their week-long training camp in Spain.

Two days into their holiday, the GPA issued an embarrassing statement condemning the treatment meted out to an under 21 player who had received an invitation to travel but later had it withdrawn to accommodate a county board official.

Kearns was reluctant to become involved in the issue, stating it was not his place to comment. What was important, he said, was that their stay at La Manga proved beneficial.

He described it as a tough week’s training, with generous rest periods between their three daily sessions.

The fact they were all together, he added, allowed them to pack what would normally be a six week training period at home into one week. “All the lads are on the same fitness level and that can only do us good,” he said.

Limerick are likely to meet All-Ireland champions Kerry in the semi finals of the current competition in June.

Though Kerry open the defence of their title against Tipperary, Kearns, without wishing to be disrespectful to the Premier County, admitted that the Kingdom figured largely in their preparation.

Mayo and Meath have agreed to play Limerick in challenge matches over the coming weeks.

Limerick, relegated from Division 1B of the Allianz Football League, have been plagued by injuries.

While Stephen Lucey, Conor Fitzgerald and John Galvin have recovered, doubts persist over Jason Stokes and goalkeeper Seamus O’Donnell, whose absence could leave the door open for Sean Kiely’s championship debut.

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