In an open letter posted on the Kerry GAA website yesterday, Kerry football manager, Éamonn Fitzmaurice, announced that his team would be holding some of their training sessions behind closed doors from now on.
The reason stated for this year's break from the norm was due to perceived "monitoring" of training sessions and the advantages that could be gained from such peeks inside the Kerry setup.
In recent years as the championship has become more and more competitive, the monitoring of training sessions has become very intense. It has on occasions become much more than harmless curiosity. The information that such scouting provides can make a difference. The new arrangements are designed to provide our players with the privacy and space to develop and improve over the coming months.
Some sessions will still be open to the public and will be announced as such on the Kerry GAA website, though I'm sure those nights will offer very little insight to those attending in a 'monitoring' capacity.
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