Five-time All-Ireland winner Tom O’Sullivan will not be returning to the Kerry panel for the upcoming championship.
After months of speculation on the 33-year-old defender’s inter-county future, a source close to the Rathmore clubman confirmed O’Sullivan will not be rejoining the Kingdom.
It’s also believed O’Sullivan, who last played for Kerry in the 2011 All-Ireland final loss to Dublin, has yet to inform Kerry manager Jack O’Connor of his decision.
In his prime, O’Sullivan was one of Kerry’s finest defenders, making 76 championship appearances for Kerry between 2000 and 2011. O’Sullivan was missed by the Kerry minors but played with the U21s in 1998 and 1999, winning an All-Ireland U21 medal in 1998.
He made his debut for Kerry in 1999 in the national league against Cork and his championship debut the following June in the Munster semi-final against Cork, wearing the number five shirt.
He played in most defensive positions including full-back in 2008 and 2009 until Tommy Griffin replaced him for the qualifier against Longford with O’Sullivan returning to left full-back for the rest of the campaign.
O’Sullivan won five senior All-Ireland medals, played in 10 finals and also collected two All Stars. He won two Kerry SFC medals with East Kerry and various honours at club level. With the departure of Tommy Griffin at Christmas and now O’Sullivan, Tomás Ó Sé is now the only player left from the 2000 team that started an unprecedented 12 years for Kerry football.
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