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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Mullen focus all on Cork

Kilkenny’s young star Adrian Mullen
Kilkenny’s young star Adrian Mullen

Adrian Mullen has the perfect antidote to any hint of getting carried away by his near-perfect year for club and county ... focus on the next match, no further.

And that means Saturday's Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U20 hurling semi-final in Portlaoise, where Kilkenny take on Cork (2pm).

Mullen's breakout 2019 has already delivered an All-Ireland club medal with Ballyhale Shamrocks last March. His manager? Henry Shefflin.

He has established himself as a mainstay of the Kilkenny senior attack - under the watchful gaze of Brian Cody.

And while a "slight" quad strain ruled him out of Kilkenny's Leinster U20 final win over Wexford, he is sure to play a big role on Saturday as DJ Carey plots another Black-and-Amber triumph.

Thus, he has been chasing success on three fronts, managed by the three most iconic names in Kilkenny hurling.

But while admitting that last Saturday's senior semi-final ambush of holders Limerick was a "really good win" and it was "good to be facing into an All-Ireland", Mullen cautioned: "All the focus is on this weekend, get over Cork on Saturday."

Has he had time to pinch himself?

"I haven't thought too much about it. I've enjoyed the celebrations with the club but then we were fully focused on what lies ahead with the county," he said.

"It has been a good year but there's still two games left, hopefully three, so it's not over yet."

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