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Cody Escapes Punishment But Established Players Not So Lucky As Cats Cull Panel Ahead Of League

Waterford vs Kilkenny Kilkenny's manager Brian Cody Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 8/7/2017

Brian Cody will not be facing any further action after being banished to the stands in Kilkenny’s Walsh Cup final defeat to Wexford last Sunday.

The decision means Cody, entering his 20th season as manager, will be free to stand pitch-side as Kilkenny open their Allianz National Hurling League campaign in Páirc Ui Chaoimh against Cork.

Ahead of the new campaign, some well-known players have been culled from the Cats squad.

According to independent.ie, out of the squad for now are Jonjo Farrell and Michael Walsh. Farrell who had a sensational Leinster Championship in 2016, and his exclusion will be a surprise to many.

The Thomastown hit-man posted 2-09 from play against Dublin and Galway as he showed huge promise as a Kilkenny star of the future.

Walsh for whom there were high expectations, have been plagued by injury and has not managed to force his way into the Cats starting XV.

Mark Bergin, last year’s captain, has also parted company with the eleven-time All-Ireland winning manager, as he has opted to leave the panel.

Ger Aylward, who has had a tough time of it with injury also in recent seasons, is believed to not be a part of Cody’s current plans.

Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly will miss the entirety of the National League as they are overseas with the army.

After the opening league clash with the Rebels, games against Clare (at home) and Waterford (away) are next for the Cats as they look to regain the form we are used to seeing over recent years, in 2018.

Eddie Ryan, Pundit Arena

Author: The PA Team

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