TJ Reed enters season 17 with ‘Buzz’, may bring in new manager

He’s done 16 seasons as an inter-county hurler, but TJ Reed is committed to taking it to at least 17 and perhaps beyond as he sees Kilkenny under new boss Derek Ling until 2023.

Heal acknowledged that it was an “emotional” time to see the Brian Cody era come to an end about two weeks ago, with Reid acknowledging that “getting a different experience” when the new gender regime is in place to begin. Will be good” coming year.

“I personally would go for as long as possible,” said Reed, who will turn 35 later this year. “I have club championships coming up right now and then usually in November, December, January you see how you are going,” he continued.

“There’s hunger, there’s hunger, is there motivation to go again? And obviously the new management team that comes in is going to give you a little buzz, a little adrenaline. So next year will be different, it’s going to look forward.” Something will happen because I had 16 seasons with Brian so it would be good to go for a year or two with the new management.”

That said, Cody’s absence from the sideline would make an adjustment. Reid was visiting Nice on vacation when a “cute message” from Cody was put up on the team’s WhatsApp group before the public announcement of his departure.

“Obviously it was weird, right,” he said. “Usually you wouldn’t hear anything, but it was probably the Wednesday after All-Ireland when the news broke was the word for Brian to step down.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but apparently, having been around for so long, news like this never comes out after an All-Ireland, especially on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

“So I was expecting it (then), but I didn’t think it would happen so soon.”

Reed has not yet met Cody due to the holidays, but plans to personally wish him well after Ling is handed over the reins of the county.

“I was on vacation so I wasn’t there to meet him or ring him but Brian is kind of too shy, you never saw him. In 10, 15 years I’ve never seen him on the High Street in Kilkenny, so I Don’t know where he is hiding!

“In the last few years there were many veterans with WhatsApp who are exiting, they send a short message and they will exit the group and it is sad to see because you have a great time with those people and next year Brian Cody and Peak Cap will be missed.”

Reid knows how his career began after 2012, when he considered leaving inter-county hurling at one stage, something he has to thank Cody for.

“Ten or 12 years ago is past and you’re a young boy, you really don’t know what’s going on around the place,” he said of his 2012 disillusionment. “My relationship with Brian had nothing to do with Brian, it was me and so much more.

“Obviously, when you’re younger you want to play every game. Obviously when you’re 22 or 23 and you’re thinking to yourself that you should be playing and then you’re not being played, you’re going to play it. Going to be angry. You have standards and ambitions as a player and you want to play every game and I didn’t like being a sub. That’s why it had nothing to do with Brian.

“Obviously, Brian and I had a conversation about it, and we were great friends over the years after that. But it’s like any manager, you have your ups and downs, you agree, you disagree. It’s common. I’m sure every business, every organization has a manager where you agree or you don’t agree with things. I just have high regard for Brian and what he achieved with Kilkenny – and I would not have been the player I would not have been to Brian and all the selectors and the backroom team.”

Reid admitted they went slightly above most expectations in 2022, but it’s another year without an All-Ireland title – and that will increase to eight by next year. “It’s on my mind every year that we haven’t won an All-Ireland since 2015,” he said.

For now, Reid returns to his club Ballyhill Shamrocks, where the hurt from their All-Ireland final defeat to Balligner in February is still felt. But the five-time All-Ireland Club winner is not an advocate of the new split season, arguing that the inter-county season was too intense with a quick succession of games. He also feels some erosion on the club’s side.

“It’s getting more demanding. I’m thinking of the county player here.” “We devoted seven months of continuous training, league play, championship training, championship. The only weekend we took off to go away was last week. At the end of the day we are amateur players.

“Before, it was lovely, you had a spell with County, you go back to the club for a couple of weeks, you have your time and you are back with County.

“I liked it because you get a little bit of time for yourself. I feel sorry for the club player, because Ballyhill, seven, had his first meaningful game in eight months (last weekend).

“So my concern for the clubs is I think you could lose more players. It’s also very hard for a club player to be motivated, because you know there’s no league or championship game for seven, eight months. is gonna be

“I know from talking to other clubs they are also finding it difficult to field players, because they are going on holidays, they are missing out on training because they know there is no game until July or August. I’m worried about its future. My worry is that you might lose some players because of how long they have to wait.” I

Reed was speaking as Littlewoods Ireland, one of the sponsors of the Hurling Championships, celebrated its rebrand very, very much.