COUNTY champions Dr Crokes have agreed to allow the Kerry senior team management to select a player from an East Kerry club to captain the county – in the absence of any Crokes player – but only during the National League campaign.
In keeping with the long-standing format, the Kerry SFC winners nominates one of its own players to take the skipper’s role for the season ahead and, in the event of the chosen player’s absence, one of his club team-mates on the county squad or a nominee would be chosen.
But with Crokes currently preparing for the latter stages of the All-Ireland Club Championship, it is understood that none of the club players will be included in the Kerry panel until that competition concludes in February or in mid March.
In a letter to Kerry County Secretary, Peter Twiss, the Killarney club states: “Kerry management will be free to nominate a player from any of our neighbouring clubs in East Kerry as captain for any particular game”.
The club executive added: “We will be naming the player we wish to nominate as captain for the remainder of the season immediately after we come to the end of our AIB All-Ireland Club Championship programme”.
The Killarney club will face surprise Leinster champions Mullinalaghta of Longford in the semi-final on Saturday, February 16 and, if victory is achieved, they will play either Corofin of Galway or Gaoth Dobhair from Donegal in the final on St Patrick’s Day.
A number of Dr Crokes players are likely to feature on the Kerry senior panel after the Club Championship series concludes, including Micheál Burns, Shane Murphy, Gavin White, David Shaw, Michael Potts and Tony Brosnan.
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