COLIN Fennelly believes a win for Ballyhale Shamrocks in Sunday's AIB Leinster senior club hurling final could see Henry Shefflin commit to another season with the Kilkenny seniors.
Shefflin was in economical form in the easy semi-final win over Kilmacud Crokes two Sundays back, scoring 1-3 off a limited number of touches against the Dublin champions.
"That goal he got in the first couple of minutes," said Fennelly, "I remember sitting in the stand when I was a kid years ago watching him against Waterford…it was the exact same thing.
"I think it was 10 years ago that happened. He's still doing that, last week. It was unbelievable. The movement he has. The hooking and blocking maybe that I do that I've seen him do all my life."
And Fennelly says he can see the 10-time All-Ireland winner giving one more year to his county were Ballyhale to extend their season into 2015 with a victory over Kilcormac Kiloughey in Portlaoise on Sunday.
"For Henry, if he gets to March (the month in which the All-Ireland club final is scheduled), if we went the whole way, that's nearly the whole League gone.
"And for Henry, there's only three or four months (left in the Championship) and if he's playing at the top of his form, there's no reason for him to go.
"It could be a massive thing for him to think about. Why not finish off the year with a bang?"
For all that, Fennelly insists only Shefflin knows his future intentions, despite probing from team mates.
"A lot of lads would be asking us because with the club, they'd be thinking we'd be talking to him.
"We thought after the county final 'Henry will have a few drinks now. He'll ease off and let us know.'
"But he wouldn't tell us a thing. He's not saying a word about it at all."
Fennelly addded, however: "I think he'll stay on. As long as we push hard with Ballyhale, he'll stay on. He's going to find it hard to leave it."