Hurling blow for Kildare as Kenny looks set to make Tipp transfer
Published 21/12/2012 | 05:00
Kildare are poised to lose one of the county's most talented young hurlers to Tipperary.
Conor Kenny, match-winner when Kildare landed the Leinster U-21 'A' championship against Meath last July, is understood to be lodging a club transfer that will take him to Borris-Ileigh and enable him to play for Tipperary in 2013. Kenny's family has roots in Tipperary and the player is believed to be moving to the Premier County to live.
The indications are that he will follow up with an inter-county transfer that would allow him to play with Tipperary at some level in 2013. That will disappoint followers of hurling in Kildare and Celbridge as he is one of their brightest talents. His father Philip won an All-Ireland club medal with Borris-Ileigh in 1987 when he was full-forward on the team that beat Rathnure.
Kenny is still U-21 in 2013 and the feeling is that he would be well equipped to make Ken Hogan's Tipperary squad in that grade, if the opportunity arose.
Kenny hurls for Celbridge and has been a regular fixture on the Kildare senior team in recent years.
He was part of the Celbridge three-in-a-row team (2009-2011) in Kildare and is also one of the mainstays for Carlow IT, where he goes to college.
His imminent move, if he follows through as expected with an in inter-county transfer, will be a blow to hurling in an emerging county who feel they can't do without a player of his calibre if they are to thrive in the small-ball game.
Ironically, if Kenny does declare for Tipperary, it will be the reverse of some recent movements that have seen former Tipperary players John Enright and David Kennedy pitch in with the Lilywhites.
Kenny scored 1-5 as Kildare lost the All-Ireland U-21 'B' final to Roscommon last September and is renowned as a prolific forward. He helped Kildare to a Division 2B title last April.