BRIAN HOGAN has emerged as O’Loughlin Gaels preferred choice for the captaincy of the Kilkenny Senior hurling team.
Mr Hogan will replace current Kilkenny captain, TJ Reid, who held the honour last year, having been nominated by then Kilkenny champions Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Although O’Loughlin’s failed to secure the All Ireland Senior Club hurling title last weekend, Mr Hogan will still be nominated as county captain as O’Loughlin’s are Kilkenny county champions.
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. Forward Martin Comerford was another obvious contender for the captaincy, but the 32-year-old has struggled with illness and injury in recent months, and is expected to take an extended break before rejoining the county panel.
Other O’Loughlin Gaels players such as Mark Bergin, Andy Kearns and Maurice Nolan were in line for a call into the county panel, but that is less certain now given the heavy nature of the club’s defeat to Clarinbridge last Thursday.
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.