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Exits won't kill the Cats

IF any other team suffered four retirements in less than a week, it would be construed as either a harbinger of demise or a sign that all was not well in the camp.

Not in Kilkenny.

True, the quickfire announcements - Tommy Walsh, David Herity, then Brian Hogan and Aidan Fogarty - may be unusual and leave Brian Cody's dressing-room some 29 All-Ireland SHC medals lighter next year.

But all four are over 30, only one (Hogan) started the drawn All-Ireland, none started the replay and none was likely to command a place next summer.

As ever under a manager consumed by the next challenge, not the last triumph, those killer Cats keep evolving. Only one unanswered question: whither King Henry?