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DJ Carey. Photo: Sportsfile

DJ Carey. Photo: Sportsfile

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DJ Carey. Photo: Sportsfile

Doubts have arisen surrounding DJ Carey's involvement with Kilkenny as a selector in 2021.

With Brian Cody expected to be ratified for a 23rd consecutive year - a reign that will equal Seán Boylan's time in charge of the Meath footballers - it appears that Carey, who only joined for the 2020 season, will not be at his side.

Carey or Kilkenny have yet to confirm his departure but a county board meeting early next week is expected to bring confirmation of Cody's continuation and Carey's decision to opt out.

Carey joined the Kilkenny backroom after Michael Dempsey's departure in the wake of the 2019 All-Ireland final defeat to Tipperary. Martin Comerford also came on board, joining James McGarry who has been there since 2014.

Carey had been Kilkenny U-20 manager for two years, winning the Leinster Championship in 2019, while he has also been at the helm in recent years with Carlow IT. Some have seen him as a potential successor to Cody when his time to depart comes.

Meanwhile, Cillian Kiely is one of a number of players who have made themselves unavailable to the Offaly hurlers in 2021.

Offaly manager Michael Fennelly has introduced a number of new faces but Kiely, one of their better performers in the Christy Ring Cup, will not be involved.

The Kilcormac-Killoughey man was centre-back in the semi-final defeat to Down after extra-time and penalties in November, a result that compounded a difficult first season for Fennelly.

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