Saturday 17 November 2018

'Kilkenny hurling keeps moving on and if you don't want to be part of that, someone will take your position'

Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Few things in life are guaranteed except for death, taxes and Brian Cody being the Kilkenny hurling manager and his longevity is such that many of the current Kilkenny senior crop haven't lived through a time when he wasn't at the helm.

Goalkeeper Eoin Murphy had no doubt that the 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager would return to the sideline in 2019 for his 21st season with the Cats, even though he knows all good things - including his own playing career - will come to an end some day.

"No, there wasn't any doubt but as Brian says himself, the Kilkenny hurling team is always going to keep moving on and if you don't want to be part of that, someone will come in and take your position," Murphy said.

"I'm sure he'll be the first to say it as well, as soon as he steps aside the Kilkenny hurling team will have to move on and that's just the way it'll be."

Speaking at the launch of the Amanda Stapleton Benefit Match between Kilkenny and Tipperary in Borrisoleigh on November 3, Murphy outlined how he hopes Cody stays with the Cats until the end of his inter-county career.

And after his best season in black and amber with a series of jaw-dropping displays, Murphy can't wait for 2019 to come around.

"I'm still young, I'm only 28 now so hopefully he'll stay around for another five or six years and see me out. He's there at the moment so it's not even something that you'll think about," the former All-Star No 1 said.

"He's around for 2019 and we're playing Galway over in Sydney in a few weeks so really 2019 will start once we come back from that.

"We'll be given a pre-season prehab programme so really 2019 will start then. Even after three weeks off since the club finished, you're kind of getting bored so you can't wait for it to get back around again."

You can donate to Amanda's fund here

You can purchase tickets for the benefit match here

Irish Independent

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