Arles-Kilcruise came within a couple of minutes of losing their senior football status last year but they’ll be hoping to put that disappointing season behind them in 2018.
They have re-appointed club legend Lar Wall as manager and have also been boosted in the off-season by the transfer of Kerry native PJ Lawlor.
Lawlor’s transfer from Dr Crokes to Arles-Kilcruise was recently rubber-stamped and he comes to the club with a decent pedigree having been part of the Kerry side’s run to All Ireland club glory in 2017.
He came on as a sub in a number of their games in both the Kerry and Munster final before being struck down by injury.
He also started in the league final earlier in the season when he lined out alongside the likes of Kerry stars Colm Cooper, Fionn Fitzgerald and Eoin Brosnan as they got the better of Kieran Donaghy’s Austin Stacks.
In his mid 20s, Lawlor is a cousin of current Arles-Kilcruise players Ciaran and David Lawlor and is a member of An Garda Siochana and now stationed in the locality.
Kilcruise will once again play in Division 1B of the league and begin their season with a Kelly Cup against Timahoe this Sunday.
They will once again be able to call on Laois players Ross Munnelly and David Conway (who is currently out injured) while Kevin Meaney should be available to them more often now that he has retired from inter-county action.