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Published: 12:44 | 2/4/16

Fitzmaurice not thinking about summer


Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice says he won't consider his championship starting XV until after the league campaign finishes.

Kerry play Cork on Sunday at Austin Stack Park in the league, and Fitzmaurice say his attentions are focused solely on the National Football League campaign at the moment.

"You don’t have time to be thinking or formulating whether this fellow or that fellow will be in the championship squad," he told the Irish Examiner

"It is very early days, barely into the month of April. There is even a long way to go to the start of the championship, not to mind the finish of the championships, so lots can change with injuries and form, suspensions so we have an open mind with regards to the championship squad.

"It’s more like whoever is going well at the time"

Fitzmaurice has led his side to an All-Ireland title, as well as final and a semi-final defeat, but has yet to lead the Kingdom to a league semi-final.

Kerry are set to make it through to the last four barring a defeat against Cork and other results going against them, and Fitzmaurice is looking forward to securing a first win against the Rebels in the league since 2013.

"They could easily have beaten Dublin in Croke Park and they have won their last two games, so they could be on the same points total as us," he continued.

"I think that Cork’s graph has been very much on the up over the past couple of weeks so they are dangerous opponents.

“I think it will be a typical Cork-Kerry game, there will be very little in it and it will be tight but, hopefully, we can come out on top at the end.”

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