So it was officially made official within the last hour - Brian Cody will remain on as Kilkenny senior hurling team manager.
The James Stephens clubman signed up for what will be his 21st year in the job, and it was made official at tonight's monthly meeting of the County Board.
The same Selection Committee will remain in place, which means Derek Lyng (Emeralds) and James McGarry (Bennettsbridge) will be joined as selectors by Michael Dempsey, who will also have responsibility for the strength and conditioning programme and the training of the team.
"Whatever he is able to put into the team is massive," insisted County Board chairman, Jimmy Walsh, when he welcomed Brian Cody and the selectors aboard again. "We wish them the best of luck."
During the Cody era to date, Kilkenny won 11 senior All-Irelands and this year the Cats won the National League against all the odds.
Victory there earned the squad a trip to Australia. The party will fly to Sydney on November 6 and return on the 17th.
Kilkenny will play last year's All-Ireland champions, Galway, in a 15-a-side exhibition game in Sydney as part of the programme in a week long Irish Festival. The game is already a sell out, apparently.
For more on Kilkenny People sport read here.
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