Tomás Ó Sé aired his excitement about a youthful Kerry side that he believes are addressing the weaknesses that have cost the county in recent years.
The Kingdom waltzed past Clare in the Munster SFC semi-final with a 0-32 to 0-10 victory, fielding the likes of Shane Murphy, Michael Burns, Sean O'Shea and David Clifford.
In total, seven Kerry men made their Championship debuts against the Banner. For Ó Sé, it bodes well.
"You have seven new starters, and these guys are proven at minor level, though it doesn't guarantee success at senior level," he said on The Sunday Game.
"But you've three new defenders, you've a new goalie, you've three new forwards, and they're all contributing.
"What could have been thrown at Kerry for the last number of seasons is that they aren't direct enough, they haven't defended well enough. Today is only a start, that's all it is. But the fact that this injection of youth is there is key."
A Munster final against Cork will provide a sterner test but Ó Sé is hopeful a bright summer lies ahead.
The Super 8s format, should they get there, will give Eamonn Fitzmaurice's charges more time to gel, and potentially peak at the perfect time.
"Kerry people in general are frustrated that the ball doesn't go in quick enough," Ó Sé added.
"They have the players, they have the youth, they have pace. That's why I'd be excited about it.
"The Championship is set up for them. They're going to face a tougher Cork side next, then they go into the Super 8s. It's set up in a way that this team needs bedding. They're not the finished article."