Friday 24 November 2017

Brennan to consult Cody before making call on future

Brian Cody. Photo: Sportsfile
Brian Cody. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

KILKENNY legend Eddie Brennan will sit down with manager Brian Cody before deciding on his inter-county future.

Along with Henry Shefflin, Michael Kavanagh and Noel Hickey, Brennan picked up a record-equalling eighth All-Ireland hurling medal last September to move level with Cork's Christy Ring and Tipperary's John Doyle.

His wife Olivia gave birth to their first child, Harry, the week before the All-Ireland, so the 33-year-old has new considerations before committing to Cody's Cats for 2012.

"I don't know (about next year) and that's the honest answer," he said. "It's something that is there in the background -- will I or won't I? First and foremost, I have to sit down with Brian to talk about it.

"You would have a fair idea yourself about what lies ahead. This time last year, if we had won the five-in-a-row, I probably would have gone. It's a huge part of your life when you're involved in hurling and it's hard to walk away from that. You're putting in three or four nights a week and it's a family away from your family.

"I would have said at the start of the year, if we could win it, it would be a great way to sign off. But I'll have a think about it. The family have to come into it now."

The Graigue-Ballycallan man, who is based in Portlaoise, admitted that training had become tougher in recent seasons.

"I have been very fortunate, especially when you look around our dressing-room, to have avoided any serious injury. It makes it easier," he said.

"I always kept in good shape and minded myself. Physically it is getting a bit harder because recovery is everything now and the demands are fairly high.

"There are big plusses there too and it was great to get in and play a part in the All-Ireland final because that's what the whole thing is about.

"It's frustrating sitting up watching in the stands. You have to take the chance when it comes around and I was very fortunate that it came to me."

Irish Independent

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