The Finuge man, who turned 34 in November, has committed to the Kingdom in 2014 and may be available for the early stages of the National League, his inter-county coach confirmed yesterday.
Galvin has been weighing up a training programme for the new season that will give him the best chance of an injury-free run with the county. He has been beset by hip and back problems in recent seasons and with his involvement in the All-Ireland stages of the club championships with Finuge last year, he was late in returning to the inter-county set-up.
That won’t happen in 2014, according to Fitzmaurice. “He won’t be with us this weekend for the opening round of the McGrath Cup, but he should return to collective training in the next week or two, which gives Paul an opportunity to figure in the early rounds of the National League. He has always benefited from an extended run in the league and is looking forward to his return.”
Recent indications were that Galvin was ready to commit for another season with the county, but getting his physical programme right was a key factor in staying on.
After last September’s galling All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin, Fitzmaurice urged the veteran members of his Kerry squad to take as long as they needed before making a decision on their inter-county futures.
It means that Tomás Ó Sé and Eoin Brosnan will be the only pair of significant departures for Kerry from last season, while Fitzmaurice is also likely to be boosted by the return to fitness of Jonathan Lyne, Jack Sherwood and James Walsh. Kerry begin their season on Sunday in a McGrath Cup fixture against IT Tralee at Austin Stack Park.