Kilkenny legend DJ Carey is to join Brian Cody's management team as a selector, subject to ratification by the county board next week.

RTÉ Sport understands that the five-time All-Ireland winner will replace former team-mate Derek Lyng, who is stepping aside after five years with the Cats backroom team.

Carey (48), managed the Kilkenny U21s/U20s for the last two seasons, leading them to the inaugural Leinster U20 title this year before they were beaten by Cork in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Lyng and Carey are now expected to swap roles, while Carey's former selector Mickey Comerford could also join the senior setup as a replacement for long-time physical trainer Mick Dempsey, whose departure was confirmed last week.

Ex-Kilkenny keeper James McGarry will remain part of the management in what will be the phenomenally successful Cody's 22nd year in charge.

Carey was Hurler of the Year and instrumental in Cody's first All-Ireland win as manager in 2000 and they won Liam MacCarthy together again in 2002 and 2003.

The Young Irelands forward made a dramatic semi-final return after a year out in '02 and captained the side in '03, before finally retiring in 2006.