Former Donegal star Nadine Doherty feels Kerry have “another two or three more years in them” to mount a run for the Brendan Martin Cup.
The Kingdom fell short at the All-Ireland Ladies SFC final stage for the second successive year last Sunday, losing out to a Hannah Tyrrell-inspired Dublin by five points at Croke Park.
Speaking on RTÉ 2fm's Game On, Doherty urged Kerry’s stars to stick together for next season.
"A lot of those Kerry girls have fallen short now too many times. I know their manager spoke yesterday about a good few of them walking away but I was looking through the programme before I came in and they're young... their bench... they're averaging 22-23 years of age,” she said.
"There are a couple of girls in their early thirties but I definitely feel that Kerry team have another two or three more years in them as a collective unit."
She added: "You would love to see that Kerry team win an All-Ireland because they are honest footballers, Louise [Ní Mhuircheartaigh] and people like that. They play a lovely, lovely style of football, so you would hope they come back. The game needs them to come back, to be honest. They really do.
"It's been such a level playing field. With so many players going to AFL and other sports I think the playing field has really levelled out."Tweet