BRIAN HOGAN is to be nominated as captain of the Kilkenny senior hurling team. The O’Loughln Gaels centre back has been put forward by his club as county champions and is expected to be ratified at the next meeting of the Kilkenny County GAA board.
Tthe 29-year-old was centre back on the O’Loughlin Gaels team that lost the All-Ireland club final on St Patrick’s Day to Galwey’s Clarinbridge..
He will take over from forward TJ Reid, who held the honour last year, having been nominated by then Kilkenny champions Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has yet to confirm who exactly will be called into his panel from the O’Loughlin Gaels team, though Hogan is a certainty.
Hogan comes well qualified: a member of the panel since 2004, and a winner of four All-Irelands and six Leinster titles, he unfortunately missed out on last year’s final with a dislocated shoulder. It was also confirmed yesterday O’Loughlin Gaels manager Mick Nolan and coach Andy Comerford will be continuing for another season, despite defeat on St Patrick’s Day.