Saturday 19 April 2014

Cody to stay on another year and boost Shefflin's bid for perfect 10

KILKENNY supremo Brian Cody will be back at the helm next season when he bids to guide Henry Shefflin to a record-breaking 10th All-Ireland medal.

Cody handed Shefflin his debut in 1999 after assuming the reins from Kevin Fennelly and the pair have been central to Kilkenny's extraordinary dominance of hurling ever since.

The Cats have contested nine of the last 10 finals, winning seven, including the four-in-a-row between 2006 and 2009.

Shefflin has started every championship game under Cody's tenure, and the reigning Hurler of the Year looks certain to put aside any thoughts of retirement with the James Stephens clubman back at the helm.

It was confirmed last night that Cody's back-room team will also remain unchanged, with Martin Fogarty and Michael Dempsey signing up for another term.

Meanwhile, Shefflin's club-mate and former Hurler of the Year Michael Fennelly will jet in from South Africa to assist Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Leinster club SHC semi-final against Oulart-The Ballagh of Wexford on Sunday.

Within hours of helping his club win their 14th county senior championship, Fennelly (26) flew to Cape Town to assist Irish charity The Niall Mellon Trust build houses for the poor.

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