It may be February but RTÉ pundit John Mullane believes that Kilkenny will regain their All-Ireland crown this coming September.
The former Waterford player made his prediction in the aftermath of the Cats’ 5-20 to 5-14 win over Tipperary in round two of the Allianz HL Division 1A.
He said: “I’m not promoting gambling for one minute, but after their win over Tipperary today I’m sure their odds will be cut.
“I don’t care whether it’s early days but that was an unbelievable performance in Nowlan Park. Just look at the personnel they were missing. - Jackie Tyrell, JJ Delaney, Michael Fennelly."
As if Brian Cody hasn’t received enough plaudits for his management of the Black and Amber, Mullane has been impressed with his team selections so far.
He added: "Against Tipp, Brian Cody employed very clever management. Last week he played Eoin Larkin and Paul Murphy, but that that pair were rested today. I don’t think he’s going to throw all the big guns in at the one time during the league.
"He has unearthed a good player in Mark Kelly and I think you’ll see the best of him when the hard ground comes in.
"For all the other teams out there I’d be worried about Kilkenny at the moment. "