Former All Ireland winning captain, Fionn Fitzgerald, has confirmed that his inter-county career with Kerry has come to an end as he turns his focus to his club, Dr Crokes.
The 28-year-old made his debut for the Kingdom in the Allianz Football League in 2013 and the following year, he was co-captain with Kieran O’Leary as they lifted the Sam Maguire Cup following victory over Donegal.
During his six-year inter-county career, Fitzgerald won three Munster titles and an Allianz League along with his All-Ireland medal. The Crokes corner-back was also named as their official captain last year.
However, speaking ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Semi-Final, Fitzgerald confirmed that he was not asked to rejoin the panel this year.
“My status is Kerry is done for me really. I’m very happy with Crokes. I’m not back in with Kerry next year.
“I got married in December and I was on honeymoon. For the last two months, between that and getting back into work in Crokes, I’ve had plenty to get my teeth stuck into.
“That’s basically, the situation.”
Eamon Fitzmaurice stepped down as Kerry manager at the end of a disappointing season in 2018 and their new boss, Peter Keane, has enjoyed a winning start to his tenure, beating both Tyrone and Cavan in the Allianz Football League.
The All Ireland club winner did attend the Kerry-Tyrone clash in Fitzgerald Stadium but wasn’t overly impressed by what he saw during the 0-11 to 0-7 win.
“I went to the first game. I know very little about Kerry, I’ll be straight about it. Between being away with the wedding and everything, and with Crokes, it’s just taken up my time. Even the lads I’d be good friends with, I kind of left them for the last time.“The Kerry game, yeah, Kerry were good, they were grand; it wasn’t Kerry’s fault but I didn’t particularly enjoy the game, it wasn’t a great game. It was tough and intense but it wasn’t a brilliant game to watch.”
Fitzgerald wasn’t personally informed that he was being dropped from the panel but that is not something he is dwelling on as the inter-county season gets underway.
“To be honest, like I said, I had a wedding. I was indirectly linked with it, I had nothing to do with it. I don’t really have an opinion on it and that’s not flunking the question or anything.
“I’m very happy with Crokes and I’m very happy with where I’m at and really looking forward to next year. I’m not really going to look back in the wing mirror too much. That’s the honest answer. Kerry will move on, I’ll move on.”
Dr Crokes’ Fionn Fitzgerald was speaking ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Semi-Final where they take on Mullinalaghta St Columba’s at Semple Stadium on Saturday, February 16th.