Wednesday 17 January 2018

Hogan warns Mulhall axing shows no Cats player is safe

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

KILKENNY star Brian Hogan has warned that no one's place on the Cats' panel is secure following the axing of John Mulhall.

Mulhall was the only player cut from the panel as manager Brian Cody opted to freshen up his squad ahead of their championship opener against either Laois or Dublin on June 23.

"There are a lot of new faces in to make up the numbers with the injuries and everything, but it also gives Brian a chance to have a look at them in the practice matches," said Hogan at Etihad's launch of their sponsorship of the hurling championship.

"There are a good few of the U-21s in with us and other guys that have been showing up well in club matches. Brian has always said that if you're playing well for your club, you're putting yourself in the window to be called in."

Meanwhile, Westmeath boss Brian Hanley has warned that his side aren't interested in "moral victories" ahead of their showdown with his native Galway on Sunday.

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Athenry man Hanley, who previously served as a Galway U-21 selector under the Tribesmen's senior boss Anthony Cunningham, is expecting his charges to maintain the good form they showed when beating Antrim, despite being reduced to 14 men.

"I'm not saying we are going to win, but we have to get out of this mindset of going well for 50 minutes or so and losing," said Hanley. "Moral victories are no good to us any more, we have to look beyond that."

Hanley took charge of Westmeath in the middle of last season when Offaly's Kevin Martin stepped down as a miserable league campaign came to an end and they rallied sufficiently to give Galway a scare when they met in the championship last June.

"You don't know how many chances you'll get to take on an inter-county team, so I was delighted to take the job. We're trying to get the levels up -- there's good work being done in the clubs and we'd like to have them aiming at a Leinster club title soon.

"There's not many of last year's team still around. Some of them didn't want to give the commitment so we went with youth. Westmeath will have six or seven U-21s involved and a couple of them will be minors."

Irish Independent

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