Eight time All Ireland winner with Kilkenny Michael Fennelly says he was impressed with the talent on show in this year’s Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship.
Kilkenny have reason to be cheerful as 4 of their side have been named in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year.
Defenders Jamie Young and Daragh Maher are joined by Midfielder Conor Kelly and forward Ciarán Brennan as part of the best 15 in the country for 2018.
On a different note, Fennelly says his relationship with Henry Shefflin is still the same despite the fact that Henry is now the Ballyhale Shamrocks manager.
Shamrocks play St. Patricks Ballyragget in the first round of the Senior Championship on Sunday evening and Michael says he is well aware and respectful of the boundaries that are there.
“He’s learning obviously through the whole process and system and what has to be done, and no doubt I’d say he has been frustrated with the fixtures this year.
“Like starting in February in terms of training and only playing one match in April, and then our next game wasn’t until nearly the start of August and trying to get our heads around that.
“My relationship is probably still the same and obviously there is a line there now, I am still a player and he is a manager and you have to respect that I think and I think that’s important.
“I am coming from a coaching education background as well so I would be aware of the boundaries and stuff and you have to respect that,” he said.
Fennelly took time out to speak to Oisin Langan and you can listen to the full interview below.