It is official! Richie Power is back as part of the Kilkenny senior hurling panel.
The former All-Star was neither in nor out of the squad up to this, according to official sources, but he wasn’t training with the main body of players. From this week he will be back training with the squad.
The Carrickshock man wasn’t involved during the three game run to victory in the Walsh Cup, nor in the National League matches against All-Ireland champions, Clare and Tipperary at Nowlan Park on Sunday.
Neither was he part of the 40 plus strong panel involved in group training since late November. Power was left to work on his own. On at least two occasions he had meetings with team management, but now he is set to resume a career that started when he won minor All-Irelands with the county in 2002 and 2003.
The 27-year-old has been part of the Kilkenny senior set up since 2005. He has won five All-Irelands, four National League and he has been an All-Star on two occasions.
There was further good news for Kilkenny when Michael Fennelly, who recently returned after spending three months in Australia working with Sydney Swans, resumed training. He missed the entire club championship last season with an ankle injury. That injury has cleared up and Fennelly is looking forward to the season ahead.
Meanwhile, James Stephens have lined up a hugely attractive challenge match to mark the official opening of their new grounds on the Kells Road. All-Ireland champions, Clare, will play Kilkenny in what is sure to be a huge draw with the start of the championship just around the corner.
The big event will be Sunday, May 18.