Fennelly won't be taking any Cat naps
COME what may on St Patrick's Day, Colin Fennelly (right) will propel himself straight back into Kilkenny action.
The All Star forward has spent the past five months devoted to Ballyhale Shamrocks but won't be resting on his laurels - or even wallowing in defeat - once the AIB All-Ireland club SHC final against Kilmallock is put to bed.
"Paddy's Day is on a Tuesday so I presume Tuesday week," said Fennelly when asked about his return date. "I don't want too much of a break. I want to go straight back into it with Kilkenny.
"The hunger is there. I haven't played a match with Kilkenny all year. I'll be watching all the league games and, every time you see a league match, you want to be playing in it. As much as you give out and say it's match-after-match, you want to be there."
While Fennelly is mad for road, big brother Michael has been "struggling with injuries" on an ongoing basis.
"It's been very awkward for him," Colin admitted. "I'd a full year last year, free from injury. He barely trained enough and it's hard for him mentality-wise to know if he's going to be fit enough going into games. To know if his first touch is strong enough.
"He's problems with knees, ankles, back ... the whole lot. Just one thing could go. I've no problems with anything and I could still get injured, whereas he has problems with everything constantly. It probably plays on his mind for his future."