Friday 9 December 2016

Brian Cody's son pushing for a call-up to senior Kilkenny panel

Published 02/04/2015 | 12:38

Diarmuid Cody in action for Kilkenny's minor team in 2011
Diarmuid Cody in action for Kilkenny's minor team in 2011

Brian Cody could be set to call up his son Diarmuid to the Kilkenny senior squad with the talented James Stephens defender taking part in a number of recent training sessions, which have featured a mix of senior and U21 stars.

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Last year's All-Ireland winners survived a relegation dogfight with 2013 champions Clare in Nowlan Park on Sunday and despite Cody junior not being part of any match day squads, he has trained with the senior panel.

Just a week after the iconic Henry Shefflin officially retired and a few months since Tommy Walsh, JJ Delaney, Aidan Fogarty, Brian Hogan and David Herity brought down their inter-county careers, the possible addition of the younger Cody to the senior ranks would be an interesting development.

With a raft of injuries, retirements and the absence of the Ballyhale Shamrocks contingent for the group stages of the league, many new faces have been added to the squad including Shane Prendergast, Joe Lyng, Keith Hogan and Kevin Kelly.

All have all received varying amounts of game time during this year's league campaign and it remains to be seen whether Brian Cody will permanently add the CIT student to his squad.

Kilkenny PRO Seamus Reade said: "Diarmuid didn't feature in any of the panels for the league but with so many players missing recently many of the U21 panel have been brought in to make up numbers at training. No panel has been finalised yet."

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody before the game. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Relegation Play-off, Kilkenny v Clare. Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody before the game. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Relegation Play-off, Kilkenny v Clare. Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The younger Cody has been plagued by injury throughout his fledgling career but is expected to push hard for his place with the Cats U21 side this summer.

Kilkenny players have been released on club duty for the coming weeks and if the Village man was to impress in the opening two rounds of club action he could yet step into a senior jersey this summer.

Diarmuid's older brother Donnacha was famously part of his father's panel in the mid noughties making three championship appearances before being curtailed by injury.

The Cats open the defence of their Leinster and All-Ireland trophies on June 21 with a likely home fixture against neighbours Wexford.

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