NEW Kerry boss Peter Keane has beefed up his squad by adding a bit of northern steel to the coaching set-up.
He has recruited Armagh’s Jason McGahan to oversee the strength and conditioning programme he wants implemented as the Kingdom prepares for the new league and championship season.
Although no statement has been issued by the Kerry County Executive, McGahan has confirmed the appointment on his Twitter account.
Sports science specialist McGahan, who will part ways with Kildare manager Cian O’Neill, with whom he worked as head of sports science last season, is being appointed as a full-time Head of Athletic Performance for the Kerry GAA and he will operate out of the €8 million Centre of Excellence in Currans.
When he settles into the role, he will also work with the under 20, minor and underage development squads.
Keane and his management team are determined to close the gap between themselves and five-in-a-row chasing Dublin who have had employed former senior star Bryan Cullen in a similar role for the past three seasons.
The highly-rated McGahan (40) will join Keane, coach Donie Buckley and selectors Maurice Fitzgerald, James Foley and Tommy Griffin on the sideline.
The Armagh man previous worked with Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Cian O’Neill for a brief period of time when they were in charge of the Kerry squad and at that stage he concentrated on providing strength and conditioning analysis relating to the individual players.
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