With Kilkenny starved of All-Ireland success at U21 grade since 2008, the Cats have turned to one of the county’s most famous sons to manage next year’s outfit.
DJ Carey is one of the most gifted players to ever grace a hurling field. Having been manager of Carlow IT in recent years, he now moves on to guide Kilkenny’s U21 side.
‘The Dodger’ has even been touted as a potential replacement for Cody when he eventually steps away from the senior job. However, for now the task at hand is to bring the Cats back to the fore of the U21 grade.
Giving his thoughts on the appointment, Cody gave the former marksman his full blessing.
“DJ’s knowledge of hurling is supreme.
“DJ is coming in because he obviously wants to. He feels he can contribute and as a player and a competitor, he had everything.
“He has so much that he can bring to the role of manager of a team. Considering the respect he could command with anybody when it comes to hurling… I’ve spoken to him quite a few times and he’s really relishing the challenge.”
The knockout nature of the Leinster and All-Ireland U21 Championships means that it’s a cut-throat business. The Cats have received a bye to the provincial semi-final next year, but will come up against the winner of the quarter-final between Offaly and Galway, with the latter competing in the competition for the very first time.
However, there is a well-founded faith across Kilkenny in DJ Carey, and it’s clear that Cody believes he is the right man for the job.
Brian Cody was speaking yesterday at the draw for the quarter-final stage of the Top Oil Leinster Schools’ Senior A Hurling Championship.