Championship 2014: Kildare
Manager: Jason Ryan (1st year).Titles: 12 Leinster (2000); 4 All-Ireland (1927).2014 league: Relegated from Division One, finishing 7th after two wins. Odds and Ends: All-Ireland 50/1; Leinster 14/1.Bookies say: Leinster semi-finals and qualifier fourth round. What the bookies said in 2013: Leinster semi-final and All-Ireland quarter-final. 2013 championship: Lost Leinster semi-final to Dublin 1-9 to 4-16, and All-Ireland qualifier third round to Tyrone, 0-12 to 1-11.First outing: v Westmeath/Louth, Croke Park, 8th June
Kildare team: Need to patch up defence
After the controversy around Kieran McGeeney’s departure Kildare initially settled well in the league but the calamitous concession of two goals in a minute against Tyrone ultimately cost them Division One status. Disciplinary problems also surfaced during the spring but if they can patch up the defence and get injured players back, they’re in with a chance of a Leinster final.
Last good day: 2010 and reaching the last four for the first time in 10 years , losing narrowly to Down.