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Working with a football hero in Kerry and preparing for a sellout clash in Tralee against Dublin

Killian Young is enthused by working with the former Kerry playing great.

KILLIAN YOUNG GOT to witness some of the closing successful chapters of Maurice Fitzgerald’s playing days.

pjimage (4) Kerry selector Maurice Fitzgerald and defender Killian Young. Source: INPHO

With his inter-county time with Kerry behind him, Fitzgerald was part of county winning sides with South Kerry and that overlapped with the start of Young’s senior career for those 2005 and 2006 triumphs.

When the news emerged last November that Fitzgerald was coming on board with the Kerry management team, Young was immediately looking forward to renewing acquaintances.

“I actually did play with him for South Kerry and won with him as well which was a nice touch. He’s a great guy. It’s nice to have a different voice in there.

“(He’s) somebody all the players look up to and respect so much as well, a hero of all of ours as well really.

“It’s fantastic to have him in. He’s really enjoying it as well. It gives you a boost, a different opinion and different views on the way we’re playing.

“It’s always great to have that from such a knowledgeable person and a man that’s such a hero in Kerry.”

Maurice Fitzgerald follows Eoin Brosnan Maurice Fitzgerald in action in the 2006 county senior final for South Kerry. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Kerry got back to winning ways on Sunday against Roscommon yet their next challenge looms large.

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They become the latest side to try to ground Jim Gavin’s high-flying Dublin team, a match that has whipped up a feverish level of anticipation with a sellout at Austin Stack Park on the cards for 18 March.

RNLI/GAA Respect the Water Drowning Prevention Partnership Launch Killian Young was at today's launch of the GAA-RNLI partnership. Source: Seb Daly/SPORTSFILE

“There’s a massive build-up obviously for that game,” says Young.

“It’s kind of an unusual one really. Normally you’d hear a build-up two or three days beforehand at best for a league game and this has been going on for the last three or four weeks.

“It’s just because of the venue it is and only 12,500 (tickets) available, so there is a bit of a different feel to it.

“It’s an exciting part of the league where we’re playing games week in, week out.  They’re on some unbeaten run, their confidence is there.

“It’s good to have home advantage and we’ll be looking forward to that.”

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