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Key to the Kingdom

One more year: Tomás Ó Sé signs on for 2012

Veteran Kerry defender Tomás Ó Sé has committed to at least one more year in the green and gold.

KERRY BOSS Jack O’Connor will be able to call on veteran defender Tomás Ó Sé as the Kingdom begin their quest to topple Dublin and win a 37th All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

The An Ghaeltacht clubman has committed to at least one more season with Kerry and linked up with the senior panel for last weekend’s challenge match against Dr Crokes.

There had been some speculation that last year’s All-Ireland final might be Ó Sé’s final act, bringing an end to a decorated career in which he has made 77 appearances for Kerry, winning five All-Ireland titles and as many All-Star awards.

But after taking some time to consider his options over Christmas, Ó Sé, who turns 34 this summer, decided that he’s still got some unfinished business to take care of.

“To be fair to Tomás, I don’t think he ever indicated that he was thinking about [finishing up],” a Kerry spokesman told this afternoon. “Everybody just wanted to give him a bit of space to make his own decisions.”

It’s a tremendous boost. He’s one of the best footballers ever to wear the green and gold so it’s great to have him back in the panel.

Midfielder David Moran also made his long-awaited comeback from a cruciate ligament tear injury last weekend and will be available for Kerry’s league campaign, which begins on 4 February with an opportunity to avenge September’s defeat against Dublin.

“David might not be fully fit for the first few games, but it’s a great boost to have him back as well,” the spokesman said.

“There’s a good spirit in the camp. Jack is happy and everyone is determined to do really well this season.”

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