Kerry senior football star David Clifford will likely miss the beginning of the 2019 season as he is to undergo surgery on a shoulder injury.
Clifford who lit up championship 2018 in his first year in the senior ranks for Kerry will go on to pick up an all star award and he is also nominated for the young footballer of the year award despite the Kingdom exiting the championship at the quarter final stages. However local Kerry paper the Kerry Eye Report that the young Fossa man is set for a 16 month spell on the sidelines.
It will be a massive blow for New Kingdom boss Peter Keane as he looks to rebuild and bring in some new talent to try and make a claim on not but the National League title but the All-Ireland title 2019. Kerry will open their National League account with a tough assignment against 2018 finalists Tyrone on January 27th.
The Kingdom have been hit with several retirements over the last month. Just this week Darren O Sullivan called time on his inter county career. The Glenbeigh man bows out with 4 All Ireland Medals to his name. Donnachadh Walsh, Anthony Maher and Kieran Donaghy also all called time on their lengthy Kerry careers and will be watching from the stands in 2019 as the Kingdom look to dethrone the Dubs on their drive for five.
It will certainly be a rebuilding process now over the winter for manager Keane. He will look to introduce several of his former minor players into the ranks and give them game time in the Allianz league. Kerry will be there or thereabouts come August that’s one thing for sure.