Former All Ireland winner, Tommy Walsh, has had recent involvement with the Kerry football according to his club manager, as speculation continues over where he will feature for the Kingdom in 2019.
Speaking to Radio Kerry, Kerins O’Rahilly’s manager, Mícheál Quirke, believes the 30-year-old still has much to offer Peter Keane’s panel should his fitness be good enough.
Walsh won an All Ireland medal with Kerry in 2009 before making the move to the AFL later that year, joining St Kilda before transferring to Sydney Swans where he was given Tadhg Kennelly’s jersey.
He returned to Ireland following the conclusion of the 2014 AFL season and rejoined the Kerry set up the following season. However, he left the panel after just one year.
Quirke told the radio station that Walsh had taken part in some strength & conditioning sessions with the inter-county panel but did not know the extent of his involvement.
To be honest, I’m not 100% sure what the situation is there with Tommy. I know he’s gone in and he’s done some of the conditioning stuff. I presume he’s on the panel but I don’t know exactly what his current status is.”
“Tommy’s above in Cork so protect him as much as anything else, we don’t bring him down during the week for training. If his body is able, and I think it would be able once he’s managed correctly, I think the guy has definitely got stuff he can contribute to Kerry. If he is in there, it’ll be something that he is well able for.”