'The danger is a wee bit like Tyrone last year'

March 08, 2023

Tyrone's Conn Kilpatrick, Cormac Quinn, Michael McKernan and Cormac Meyler clash with Séan O'Shea of Kerry ©INPHO/James Crombie

Peter Canavan sees similarities between Kerry’s current form and Tyrone’s after they won the All-Ireland in 2021.

And he has warned the Kingdom that if they’re not careful, they too could endure a disappointing Sam Maguire Cup defence.

"It’s a difficult one because a lot of people will be saying that they’ve got time on their hands," the Tyrone legend told 2FM’s Game On after the Red Hands’ inflicted a third defeat on Kerry in this year’s Allianz League.

"[They’ll say] they’ll get to the Munster final and there’s a good chance they’ll win Munster so they’ll be seeded number one in their group for the round-robin and that’s when the real Kerry will stand up.

"The danger is a wee bit like Tyrone last year. After they won it, everyone was saying exactly the same thing – they have plenty of time and it’ll come. It didn’t.

"I still believe that the quality is there, they have another couple of players to get back into the fold and it is the start of March after all.”

Canavan added: "I know Jack O’Connor was concerned, he wasn’t that happy with how the game panned out. Of course, he sets his team out to win – maybe a wee bit disappointed that he’s not getting more out of the fringe players... but I certainly wouldn't be writing them off, definitely not."

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