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Kerry have inside track on Laois, reckons Kelly

Former Laois hurling coach Brendan Cummins is now part of the Kerry backroom team

The management teams of Laois and Kerry will certainly know the opposition very well on Sunday.

The sides meet in the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League in Austin Stack Park in Tralee with Laois managed by former Kerry boss Eamonn Kelly and former Laois coach Brendan Cummins now part of the Kerry backroom team.

“I’m going down to a lot of friends down there,” said Kelly who spent four years in charge of the Kingdom’s hurlers.

“I enjoyed my couple of years and I’m looking forward to meeting them after the match.

“I’m sure Mister Cummins will have us sussed inside out but we have to get our own house in order.

“Sometimes it (inside knowledge) can be beneficial or it can distract you.

“Do Kilkenny over-analyse? I’m not so sure – they get their own house in order and give their best.

“I know the Kerry guys very well – they have a great attitude and hurl with spirit. They turned over Laois last year, when Laois had (now retired) Willie Hyland, Cahir Healy and Tom Delaney.”

Delaney is a long-term injury absentee while Healy is a doubt with a hamstring strain.

Indeed Kelly will meet more familiar rivals six days later when an Offaly side he was in charge of last year come to O’Moore Park for the second round of the league.

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