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Kildare set for Croker league opener

KILDARE are expected to get a much earlier run out in Croke Park than they are accustomed, with plans afoot to stage their Allianz Football League Division 2 opener with Tyrone in Croke Park.

Kieran McGeeney's men take on this year’s Ulster champions on February 4, the same weekend as Dublin meet Kerry in a repeat of last September All-Ireland final.

GAA chiefs are eager to maximise the attendances for the ‘Spring Series' and with the hurling league not starting until two weeks later, talks are at an advanced stage to put the two glamour ties on a double-header on Saturday evening.

Tyrone have twice played league matches in Croke Park against Dublin in recent years and on both occasions, the fixtures were sell-outs.

Elsewhere, Kilmacud Crokes are on the hunt for a new senior football manager after Paddy Carr stepped down following a hugely successful four-year spell at the helm.

Carr, who guided the Southside club to All-Ireland club success in 2009, has decided to end his tenure after they crashed out of the Evening Herald Dublin SFC to St Brigid's two weeks ago.

“It was an emotional decision. Kilmacud is the club I played my football with growing up and they have been a great bunch to work with. But we felt it was the right time to step aside,” said Carr.

Meanwhile, Meath defender Kevin Reilly is expected to be fit for selection for Friday’s International Rules First Test against the Aussies despite picking up an injury in training. Friday’s Test will be screened live on TG4 (9.45am) from Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.