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Paul Geaney Sees No Appetite For Changing Kerry SFC Structure

Paul Geaney Sees No Appetite For Changing Kerry SFC Structure

Paul Geaney does not see any appetite by players in Kerry to move away from the county's Senior Football Championship structure.

Just eight club teams take part in the Kerry SFC. Nine divisional sides, comprised of players from clubs at intermediate level and below, are the other competitors.

East Kerry won the Kerry title in 2019. That side, featuring players like David and Paudie Clifford, Jack Sherwood and Liam Kearney, will only get stronger in 2020 due to the relegation of Rathmore to intermediate level. Kerry goalkeeper Shane Ryan and 2014 All-Ireland final Man of the Match Paul Murphy will line out with East Kerry in the 2020 Kerry SFC.

Rathmore county board delegate Donal Murphy, who is Paul Murphy's father, told Radio Kerry in December that he believes having just eight senior club teams is "too cut-throat".

Geaney's Dingle took a heavy beating to East Kerry at the quarter-final stage last October.

"It is tradition so good luck changing it," he said at the launch of eir Sport's Allianz Football League coverage.

"Those teams will come in cycles. The last time East Kerry had won a Championship before that was maybe 20 years ago. It is the same with South Kerry, who had a dominant period in the noughties.

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"Dr Crokes had four in a row and three in a row in the last 10 years, they are only a club team. So things will go in cycles, teams will have their go. At the moment they are very strong and the bar is higher for the rest of the clubs on the scene and the other districts.

"We were flat that day, we didn't do ourselves justice, but at the same time they are an incredible team, a young team as well so they will be a force going forward.

"A lot of the clubs would feel they can beat them on any given day. Like anything else, that is the beauty of Championship. We played the same [East Kerry] team last year, we took an 11 or 12 points hiding from them in the third round, we drew with them in the semi-final and beat them the following week by 16 points.

"It is not as if it is continuous, teams are getting 20 and 30 point beatings from them every week. It isn't at that stage yet anyway. Maybe for the time being it isn't too bad, but if that day comes there might be appetite for change. I don't think it will."

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