DJ Carey has stepped down as Kilkenny Under-20 hurling manager after two years and one Leinster title in the role.

Carey was in charge for the past two seasons and they took the provincial crown this year beating Wexford in the final, though they were knocked out by Cork at the All-Ireland semi-final stage. The Rebels in turn were hammered by Tipperary in the final.

In a statement issued via Kilkenny GAA, the Cats legend thanked his players, his management team and the county board.

Carey was also manager of Kilkenny's minor footballers this year and they put together several creditable performances in the Leinster preliminary round-robin group

He won five All-Ireland medals with the Cats and is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Like their senior hurlers, the Cats used to dominate the Under-21 grade, which switched to Under-20 this year, though they haven’t won an All-Ireland since 2008. ’08 was their fourth All-Ireland at that grade of the decade.