Former Kilkenny hurler Aidan Fogarty has tipped Limerick to learn the lessons of their 2019 setback.

John Kiely's team won the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling title and were among the leading favourites last year.

But the title defence ground to a halt in the semi-finals against Kilkenny, although Limerick did emerge victorious in the Munster final a month prior to that.

Fogarty joined RTÉ 2FM's Game On as the All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship final between Ballyhale Shamrocks and Borris-ileigh closes in.

But he touched on the upcoming inter-county season and how 2020 may evolve.

"It's so hard to call. I think with the Championship structure, with the way hurling is, you saw it last year. Any team could come out of the bag," he said.

"But I think Limerick did let it slip a small bit. I think they thought they were ready.

"But when you think you're ready, and you're not really ready, I think experience for that team will pay dividends for the 2020 season."

Fogarty added that "this year, they will have learned from that" and that will be remedied on the "training field".

He cited the experience of working under Kilkenny manager Brian Cody as an example of how Limerick can approach things in 2020. 

"Because whenever we thought we were ready, we'd be training," he said.

Limerick manager John Kiely, left, with Cork manager Kieran Kingston after the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final
Limerick manager John Kiely, left, with Cork manager Kieran Kingston after the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final 

"But Brian Cody would call us in. We could be scoring 1-20 in a training session but Brian didn't want to see that.

"He'd prefer to see maybe five points in a training session but the absolute doggedness being done - the blocking, the hooking, the harassing, all that side of it.

"And I just feel that was perhaps missing in training, without [Limerick] even knowing it.

"I think they'll learn from it and I think John Kiely will learn from it."

Fogarty added that the signs of learning those lessons are already evident in Limerick's pre-season.

"Even just in the last few games, John Kiely is trying a lot of new players in and that's just to keep players on their toes as well as giving [them] a chance of course," he continued.

"But I think they will learn from it because now in the dressing room they'll say, 'Right guys, we thought we were ready for it last year. But we weren't. But we really have to be ready for it this year.'"        

Meanwhile on Sunday's club final, Fogarty described it as the "pinnacle".

"To win something with your club is huge because it's that tradition of the GAA," he said.

"It's the humbleness of it all. It's your family - I know it's cliché - but it's family and friends. It really is and you really see that on county final day, that real wholesomeness about the GAA."