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Éamonn Fitzmaurice keen to cast the Kingdom net wider

Updated: Monday, 29 Feb 2016 07:12 | Comments

Kerry and Fionn Fitzgerald were too strong for Down
Kerry and Fionn Fitzgerald were too strong for Down

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice will continue with the policy of blooding players during the league as he looks to keep his side competitive on all fronts.

The Kingdom registered their first win of this year’s league campaign with a comprehensive victory over Down in Newry on Sunday in a game where Aidan Walsh from St Mary’s made his league debut in the half-forward line.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Fitzmaurice said that other new faces could very well feature in the weeks ahead.

"We will continue to blood players through the league, widen our panel and keep giving fellas that deserve a chance a chance," he revealed.

"It's important to have a big, competitive squad that can come in and do a job for you"

"Aidan did well today for his first day out and I'm sure he'll build on that for next weekend." 

The triumph at Páirc Esler also saw the return of Colm Cooper to competitive action and the Kerry manager is hoping that others will overcome various knocks to play their part soon.

"As you're going through the league you're always going to pick up knocks. That's why it's important to have a big, competitive squad that can come in and do a job for you. It will be towards the end of the league before we'll have everyone back.”

Getting points on the board in the top flight was a priority for Fitzmaurice in what he sees is a “competitive” Division 1.

“It was important for us to get a win today. It was a bit easier than expected, even though I felt we did play well and Down played a bit below par. I think they are better than that.

“It can be difficult when things are going against you early in the league - when momentum is going against you. We've been there ourselves in the past so it was important for us to arrest that and get a result. 

"It's so competitive in Division 1 and teams will take points off each other. You only have to look to Roscommon after their win over Cork.

"I'm not overly surprised. Roscommon are a good outfit. They are a coming team. It's so competitive in Division 1 and teams will take points off each other. Getting points now is a good position for us to build on." 

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