Having won five All-Ireland Senior Hurling Titles with Kilkenny; Willie O’Dwyer has spoken of his excitement at finally lining out for the Kerry senior hurlers.
“It did feel a little bit different pulling on a Kerry jersey but I had played a few challenge games in the last month and the real challenge for me is trying to get back up to inter-county level,” O’Dwyer said.
“You only have a short timespan in this game and you want to play as long as you can. I have lived in Kerry for years now and this decision made sense instead of travelling up and down the country [for training] with Kilkenny.”
When asked how would it be for him (in the unlikely event of him) playing his native county, O’Dwyer replied: “It would be strange alright, but while I want Kilkenny to win every game they play, that is every game except when they play Kerry.”
Having been part of the Kilkenny four-in-a-row All-Ireland winning dynasty (2006-’09); O’Dwyer has not been involved in Kilkenny’s senior panel since March 2010, after seven seasons on the squad, O’Dwyer states that Kerry hurling is at an exciting place right now: “Kerry have a good set-up at the moment and are moving in the right direction under (manager) John (Meyler).”