“The biting incident happened and it has been dealt with,” said Fitzmaurice.
“As was said by Sean Potts of the GPA, ultimately, discipline does come back to the manager. I have no problem with that.
“Eight weeks is a severe enough ban, for a player like that, trying to break into a panel. Anyway all the players will have to wear gum shields this year, so I reckon that should act a deterrent in stopping you biting a fellow, if you are so inclined!”
Kerry face Dublin down 10 players and the likes of Marc Ó Sé and Declan O’Sullivan will miss vital league games but there is some good news.
“We will have Conor Cox and David Culhane from UCC, Pa Kilkenny and James Walsh from CIT, and All-Star James O Donoghue from UL. So the McGrath Cup final panel plus the college lads will give us a squad of about 28 for the first few NFL games.”
“I think we are a good bit ahead of where we were last year, physically. We are happy with the way training is going but the proof of the pudding will be in the matches, especially the ones in February and March.”