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Hogan: Tough to leave Cats brothers
27 Nov 2014 17:05
Brian Hogan has admitted retiring from Kilkenny was like leaving a band of brothers, but is confident that the next generation of Cats will be “there or thereabouts” come the first Sunday of next September.
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Hogan, along with fellow Cats star Aidan Fogarty, announced his retirement on Wednesday after a remarkable period on the Kilkenny panel, during which he won seven All-Ireland medals – including captaining the winning side in 2011 – eight Leinster titles, two All Stars and six national league titles.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport about his retirement, Hogan said it was always going to be a difficult decision, particularly given he had been part of a core group of players who had been on the panel for most of a decade.
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“It was always going to be a difficult decision, whenever it came,” Hogan said. “The lads would be like brothers.
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“The group is a very tight group, but there would be some of us that would have been there the guts of a decade. They are essentially like brothers, to a certain degree.
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“It’s strange not to be looking into spending the next year, five nights a week with them, going in training.”
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Hogan’s was not the only departure from the Kilkenny panel in recent times. As well as Fogarty, goalkeeper David Herity and Tommy Walsh have left the Cats’ panel. Hogan felt that this was part of a natural process of change for Kilkenny.
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“It’s an evolution,” he said. “Down the years, I would have felt every year there was a slight change.
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"Okay, I suppose the fact the four have announced retirement within a short space of time, it seems like there’s a mass exodus.
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"But all you have to do is look at the team photo – I suppose of any team, really – of this year compared to maybe two-three years ago. There are always a number of changes in it.
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“There are younger guys who have stepped up and they will look to establish themselves as main players within the squad. And there’ll be the next generation coming through, please god, after that.”
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