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Cody's son Diarmuid closing in on Cats call-up

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

Diarmuid Cody, Kilkenny
Diarmuid Cody, Kilkenny

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 U-21 stars.

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

Just a week after Henry Shefflin officially retired and a few months since Tommy Walsh, JJ Delaney, Aidan Fogarty, Brian Hogan and David Herity brought an end to their inter-county careers, the possible addition of the younger Cody (above) 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.

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 U-21 panel have been brought in to make up numbers at training. No panel has been finalised yet."

The younger Cody has been plagued by injury throughout his fledgling career but is expected to push hard for his place with the Cats U-21 side this summer.

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

Irish Independent

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