“You can see with the new lads coming in, Mikey Butler, outstanding the last day, David Blanchfield the last couple of games has been excellent, a towering wing-back, and Richie Reid has been equally comfortable centre-back, so it’s really adding to the forward dimension.
“You bring in TJ Reid to that attack, Padraig Walsh, Eoin Cody, who looked so fresh and lively off the bench against Waterford, and that’s three top-class forwards.
“Mix in Billy Ryan, Mossy Keoghan, John Donnelly and Walter Walsh, who is coming back into massive form.”
“He’s equally as effective in the half-back line as half-forward line. Each score seemed to be better than the last against Waterford and he also helped set-up Billy Ryan’s goal.
“It’s a massive plus for Kilkenny to have him in the attack.metasports
With just one defeat in five games and a points difference that is only bettered by Waterford – by a single point – across 1A and 1B, Kilkenny have looked far more threatening that some had predicted with the absence of TJ Reid.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks’ talisman could feature against the Rebels on his return from injury, but either way, it is an attack that has been motoring along nicely, inspired by the shifting of Padraig Walsh further up the field.
Noted as one of the best defenders in the game, the Tullaroan man has demonstrated his versatility and comfort among the forwards in picking off five points last time out against Waterford.