Kilkenny could start the defence of their Leinster trophy against Wexford
A potential meeting between Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald may be on the cards when the 2017 Leinster championship rolls around.
That could be the mouthwatering start facing the Cats after the provincial hurling draws were made last night (Thursday).
Having retained the Bob O'Keeffe Cup in July the Cats were seeded and went straight into the semi-final draw, where they could face Wexford and their new manager Fitzgerald. Galway and Dublin, the two teams beaten by Kilkenny in the 2016 provincial championship, were drawn against each other in the first quarter-final. The remaining quarter-finals will see Offaly and Wexford take on sides from the qualifier group of Laois, Westmeath, Meath and Kerry.
The draw was made in RTÉ studios last night, with eight-time All-Ireland winner Michael Fennelly part of the process. Fennelly, who missed the final after rupturing his Achilles in the semi-final replay against Waterford, is focusing on making his comeback for the new season.
"I'm taking baby steps," he said. "It (the injury) is healing well, and I'm back doing rehab. I'm looking forward to next year."
Qualifier group: Laois, Westmeath, Meath and Kerry.
Leinster SHC quarter-finals
Galway v Dublin
Offaly v Qualifier
Wexford v Qualifier
Leinster SHC semi-finals
Kilkenny v Wexford/Qualifier
Galway/Dublin v Offaly/Qualifier