Brennan return boosts Cats
KILKENNY boss Brian Cody has been handed a massive boost ahead of Sunday's showdown with Tipperary after star forward Eddie Brennan returned to training last night.
The Graigue-Ballycallan clubman joined up with the Cats for the first time this year after getting married and going on his honeymoon recently and he hopes to be part of the squad for this weekend's trip to Thurles.
"It's probably important for Tipp to lay down a marker (to show) where they are at this year so they will be under a decent bit of pressure this year," said Brennan.
"They progressed and got to the All-Ireland final and I suppose there is only one thing left for them to do now. Sunday will be a test of where both teams are."
Despite the absence of the Ballyhale Shamrocks players and a number of injuries in the squad, Brennan has insisted that the battle for places in Brian Cody's panel is a fierce as ever, as the Cats chase a record-breaking five All-Ireland titles in a row.
"The Ballyhale contingent make up a good lot of our team from the midfield up. Eoin Larkin and Derek Lyng and a few others are carrying knocks.
"But there is no excuse, there is plenty of talent there in the panel. We have lads that are on the panel for the last few years and it's a glorious opportunity for them to lay down a marker. Michael Rice was proof of that last year. He was part of the squad for the last while and last year he couldn't be left off."