Tommy Walsh has returned to the Kerry panel after two and a half years away from the county jersey.

The 6'5 forward made his Championship debut in 2008 and was named Young Footballer of the Year as he formed Kerry's 'Twin Towers' alongside the now retired Kieran Donaghy.

Walsh won an All-Ireland title in 2009 but then departed for he AFL, playing with St Kilda and Sydney Swans before returning to Ireland at the end of 2014.

Injuries hampered efforts to force his way into Eamonn Fitzmaurice's plans and Walsh left the panel after the 2016 Allianz Fooball League after failing to nail down a place.

The 30-year-old's last Championship start was in the 2009 decider against Cork but he now appears to be part of new Kingdom boss Peter Keane's plans after impressing for his club this summer.

Keane has omitted last year's captain Fionn Fitzgerald, Ronan Shanahan, Barry O’Sullivan, Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Matthew Flaherty, Éanna Ó Conchúir, Brendan O’Sullivan, Barry John Keane, Jack Savage and Daithí Casey from his training squad.

Diarmuid O’Connor, Robert Wharton, Graham O’Sullivan, Mark Ryan, David Shaw, Gavin O’Brien and Dara Moynihan have all been called in.

Midfielder Johnny Buckley remains unavailable due to work commitments as do the Dr Crokes contingent, who will be in action until at least February in the All-Ireland club SFC.

Elsewhere, Michael 'Brick' Walsh has committed to play for a 17th season with the Waterford senior hurlers.

The Stradbally native has made 74 appearances so far for the Déise and his decision will be a boost for new boss Padraic Fanning ahead of a 2019 campaign that begins in Division 1B of the Allianz League.

Fanning recently confirmed that Shane Bennett of Ballysaggart, who missed last season, will also be available for the season ahead.