After consulting with the clubs of the Kerry District League at an Emergency Meeting at Mounthawk Park Tralee on Monday night, the Management Committee of the KDL have decided to participate in the Airtricity U-17 National League for the coming 2017 season.
“The positivity from the delegates was refreshing and the committee at a meeting afterwards unanimously decided that a Kerry team should continue playing at this elite level so as young talented players will have a pathway to display their skills at a National level playing for Kerry and not having to travel to outside counties to do so,” according to PRO, Murt Murphy, in a press release on the KDL website.
It was also felt that Management Committee of the KDL have learnt from mistakes made in the initial year (2016) and costs will be streamlined this coming year, extra help from interested parties will be sought and it is expected that more support will be forthcoming from the soccer family in Kerry and the wider sporting public both by attending games and helping out with fundraising ventures.
Trials will be held later this month and there are a number of players who played last year available this year.
Kerry had a difficult first season in the league finishing at the bottom of the table of the Southern Elite Division with just three wins and a draw and 10 points from their 22 games.