Kerry are contenders - Burns

by Michelle Fortune , 26 July 2012

Former All-Ireland winner Killian Burns believes Kerry are genuine contenders for the Sam Maguire after throwing the championship wide open with victory over Tyrone.

Many people were writing Kerry off after a poor performance against Westmeath following their defeat to Cork in the Munster SFC, but Jack O'Connor's squad silenced the critics on Sunday when they showed fierce hunger to overcome Tyrone in Killarney.

Next up is a round four clash against Clare with the winners going through to the All-Ireland quarter-final and Burns believes Kerry have proven themselves to be contenders once more.

"I think it's thrown it wide open because Kerry think they will get over Clare," the former Kerry defender is quoted as saying in the Irish Mirror.

"It will be wide open then. We could get Cork after that. Then it will turn back on Cork.

"I think a lot of people fell into the trap of saying 'are they on the way out?' and in fairness, we haven't quite come full circle yet. There are lads in their late 20s and they are still brilliant players.

"I think we need all those players to be fit and able. The problem is we don't have that huge back-up in defence and the strain is going to come on the lads after a decade or more on the go.

"I will say it is totally changed around and they got the best possible draw with the Tyrone game."

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