New Dublin manager Dessie Farrell has had little time to prepare for his Croke Park bow against last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists Kerry.

Jim Gavin's successor takes charge of his first competitive match under lights tonight (Live on RTÉ2 from 6.30), but Dublin's team holiday to Bali has led to a truncated pre-season, with Dublin only holding a handful of collective sessions.

His Kerry counterpart Peter Keane, whose own frontliners were in Thailand, told reporters that "we've nothing done" in terms of training.

Speaking to Dubs TV at only their third session, Farrell said: "It's been a long time since they have been in action so it is good to get them back.

"Fitness won't be where we would like it to be, that will take a couple of games and a couple of weeks but they are working hard for sure."

A Dublin XV lost the O'Byrne Cup semi-final to Longford in Farrell's first game in charge, but he Saturday afternoon welcomed back a host of frontliners with the team named.

"They've had a long time off, a good rest, enjoyed themselves, and rightly so, over the last number of months but they’re very focused now on get back to work," said Farrell, who expects a stiff test from a Kerry team who went close to beating Dublin in the All-Ireland final last year.

"It's a young Kerry team, we know the trajectory they’re on so yeah really looking forward to it, less talking now and more action which is great."

Dublin: Evan Comerford; Eric Lowndes, David Byrne, Philip McMahon; James McCarthy, John Small, Eoin Murchan; Brian Fenton, Brian Howard; Niall Scully, Paul Mannion, Ciarán Kilkenny; Kevin McManamon, Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock