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Attention Kilkenny fans! You’ll have to wait a bit longer for a decision on King Henry’s future
The 36-year-old attacking wizard will decide whether to return to intercounty fare after his club’s All-Ireland final on St Patrick’s Day.

KILKENNY FANS WILL to wait a little bit longer to find out if ‘King’ Henry Shefflin will be wearing black and amber again in 2015.

A decision on Shefflin’s intercounty future will finally be revealed after Ballyhale Shamrocks contest the AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling final on St Patrick’s Day.

Shefflin, 36, said: “I think it was well handled before Christmas, (that) I would decide after the club campaign.

“I’m thrilled that I have another five and a half weeks, doing my own thing and concentrating on the club and getting myself ready for another All-Ireland final.

And then I’ll be able to go off into the sunset and decide whether I’m going to stay or not.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to have and I’m really looking forward to going to Croke Park now.”

But ten-time Liam MacCarthy Cup winner Shefflin, who’s aiming for a third All-Ireland club medal on 17 March, believes that the gap between semi-final and final is too big.

He added: “It’s a long break – it’s five and a half weeks, a bit crazy that we’re playing on 7 February and the final is not until 17 March but we’ll take a break and get training again.

“Both teams will be really looking forward to the experience and there are some of the younger lads on our panel who haven’t been there before.

Henry Shefflin signs autographs for fans after the game Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

“Obviously the lead up to it you’ll only look forward to if you win it but for the moment, it’s great to be there.

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“It feels brilliant – once you win the Leinster final it’s a couple of months to go then before you know whether you’re going to get back there.

“You’re playing match after match in the Leinster campaign and then you have a break of six or seven weeks.

“You don’t know what way you’re going to react, what way you’re going to be because you’re playing challenge matches and challenge matches are totally different to the intensity we saw out there.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to get over the line because you dream of going to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day and it’s brilliant to be there now.”

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