Kilkenny role takes Ryan from Wexford set-up
The Wexford senior hurlers are on the look-out for a new goalkeeping coach - all because of the Kilkenny County Board.
PJ Ryan, star of their 2009 All-Ireland final win over Tipperary, had been working with Davy Fitzgerald last year but has been appointed as his native county's Games Development Administrator that will give him the responsibility of rolling out coaching programmes. He replaces Jimmy Meagher, who has switched to a coaching position with Clare.
Under GAA rules, a full-time coach can't take up a position with any other county or club team, unless it's their own. Ryan has a BA in Sport and Exercise from IT Carlow which he followed up with a degree in Sports Management and Coaching.
As expected, Cillian Buckley has been appointed Kilkenny hurling captain for 2018 after Dicksboro's county title success.
They will be without Colin Fennelly and Paul Murphy for the league as they are with the Defence Forces on a tour of duty, while Shane Prendergast and Kieran Joyce have retired and Jonjo Farrell has left the squad.
Michael Fennelly has committed to the Cats for another season, despite ongoing injury issues.