THE Clifford brothers from Fossa will both start for Kerry in the eagerly awaited National League Clash with Galway at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday (3.00pm).
David will wear the familiar number 13 shirt while older brother, Paudie, has been selected at left corner forward.
The team chosen by Peter Keane and his selectors has a very familiar look to it with Brian Ó Beaglaoich slotting in at right corner back following the retirement of Peter Crowley. Paul Geaney is named in the half forward line but there is an expectation that he could switch with Paudie Clifford before the throw-in.
There are a few exciting new additions on the bench with young Kilcummin hotshot Paul O’Shea – a cousin of the Clifford brothers – included in the senior panel for the first time and there are also places for reserve goalkeeper Kieran Fitzgibbon from Kenmare Shamrocks, Mike Breen from Beaufort, Joe O’Connor from Austin Stacks and Kevin O’Sullivan from Kenmare Shamrocks.
Stephen O’Brien, Tom O’Sullivan, James O’Donoghue, Jack Sherwood and Tony Brosnan are absent from the matchday squad but veteran Tommy Walsh is also included on the bench.
Eager to get back into action, Kerry will be determined to return to winning ways but they know that Galway will be a force to be reckoned with.
Peter Keane’s side will also have a point to prove after crashing out of the championship at the Munster semi-final stage and captain Paul Murphy admitted as much during the week.
The game will be broadcast on Eir Sport One with coverage due to commence from 2.30pm.
Kerry: Shane Ryan, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tadhg Morley, Jason Foley, Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Gavin White, David Moran, Jack Barry, Dara Moynihan, Sean O’Shea, Paul Geaney, David Clifford, Killian Spillane, Paudie Clifford.
Subs: Kieran Fitzgibbon, Graham O’Sullivan, Diarmuid O’Connor, Paul O’Shea, Adrian Spillane, Tommy Walsh, Mike Breen, Ronan Buckley, Joe O’Connor, Micheál Burns, Kevin O’Sullivan.