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Monday 26 February 2018

'Gilroy is a proven manager' says Cody

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody

It might be that Brian Cody and Pat Gilroy meet in either the Walsh Cup or the League, writes Conor McKeon.

But what's definite is that they will come face-to-face on the line on May 13 in Dublin, in what will be the latter's first Leinter SHC match in his new role.

Gilroy has been quick to point out he has always been a 'GAA man' as opposed to the football man he was originally depicted as when his name was first linked to the hurling job. But Cody's perception of Dublin's new hurling manager is "a proven manager."

"I'd be more inclined to think that Pat Gilroy has come in as a proven manager, a proven manager of teams and has a terrific record," he outlined yesterday, speaking at the launch of next year's Top Oil Leinster Senior A Schools' hurling championship in St. Kieran's College.

"He's a proven manager in many ways in his life as well, so I would see Pat Gilroy as a man that I have great respect for, and Anthony Cunningham as well.

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"Dublin, to me, have great potential every year, and the potential to be really really serious competitors next year," he went on.

"I know it will be our first Leinster Championship game, and it's going to be a challenge for us."

Colin Fennelly and Paul Murphy, meanwhile, will return to the Kilkenny squad just before that clash with Dublin after a tour of duty with the Irish defence forces.

"They are already gone and it will probably be May until they are back," Cody explained.

Of Michael Fennelly - who has battled a plague of serious injuries over the past few years, most recently a severed Achilles tendon - Cody said he had "no idea," whether the 2011 Hurler of the Year would play for Kilkenny again but admitted Fennelly "had it in his head," that he would "get stuck into it."

"Obviously," Cody said, "he wants to play, and everyone wants him to."

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