KILDARE have lost one of their leading hurlers to Tipperary following confirmation that Conor Kenny has completed his transfer to the Premier County.
Kenny’s club switch was approved by Croke Park on January 9 and he will now link up with north Tipperary club side Borrisoleigh, having severed ties with Celbridge.
Kenny, who scored 1-7 when Kildare lost the All-Ireland U21 B final against Roscommon last year, also indicated in documentation that he wishes to declare for Tipperary as an intercounty player. Kenny scored six points, including four from play and the late winner, as Kildare defeated Meath by a single point in last July’s enthralling Leinster U21 A final.
He is still eligible for the U21 grade and could feature in Ken Hogan’s Tipperary squad for the coming season.
The news of Kenny’s switch has come as a huge disappointment to Kildare, who regarded him as one of their brightest talents.
But the forward has strong links with Tipperary as his father Philip lined out at full-forward on the Borrisoleigh team that won the 1987 All-Ireland club final against Wexford outfit Rathnure.
Kenny’s transfer to Borrisoleigh is also understood to have been a factor in the county board’s decision not to grant a club request to drop to the ‘B’ grade for U21 club hurling.
Borrisoleigh were told in no uncertain terms by county board vice-chairman Michael Bourke, who is also chairman of the CCC, that they would not be allowed to relinquish U21 ‘A’ status at the recent county board meeting.