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Update: Shefflin set for maiden Inter-County Job

OurGame understands that Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin will be offered the vacant Galway job by the Tribal county board.

OurGame understands that Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin will be offered the vacant Galway job by the Tribal county board.

BY SHANE STAPLETON
OurGame understands that Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin has been contacted by representatives of the Galway county board about their vacant senior hurling manager role, and is on the cusp of being appointed.

Limerick native Shane O’Neill held the position for the past two seasons but stepped down after failing to win championship silverware during his tenure.

It is believed that the Tribal County have made contact with the ten-time All-Ireland winner as they search for a successor to the Na Piarsaigh native.

After retiring as a player, Shefflin took over his home club of Ballyhale Shamrocks, and won successive Kilkenny, Leinster and All-Ireland senior club titles.

In the days after defending the Tommy Moore Cup against Borris-Ileigh in early 2020, he stepped down from the role.

Late last year, the three-time Hurler of the Year took over Kilkenny intermediate side Thomastown, and will contest the semi-final against Glenmore the weekend after next.

There had been a question over whether Shefflin would be open to managing one of Kilkenny’s Leinster rivals, and if the long commute to Connacht would be a stumbling block.

Now, it seems as though the Shamrocks man will be put forward for ratification.

Jeffrey Lynskey and Brian Hanley had been in the running for the Galway senior post, with Clare icon Davy Fitzgerald then appearing to be the frontrunner after Micheal Donoghue apparently exited the race.

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