10 All-Ireland titles, 11 All-Stars, one of the greatest hurlers of all time and now a hurling coach, Henry Shefflin isn't done yet.
Shefflin retired in 2015 after an illustrious career as a Kilkenny inter-county hurler. Since then he has done various bits of media work and operated as a pundit on the Sunday Game. It has now been announced Shefflin has been appointed co-manager of his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks. He will take the role as senior hurling coach for the upcoming season.
The Kilkenny People are reporting Shefflin will be joined by his brother Tommy and it is as of yet unknown whether he will continue to play with the side.
Shefflin is just 38 and was a member of the Ballyhale Shamrocks side that won an All-Ireland club title in 2015. However, this year was significantly more difficult for the club as they bowed out in the local championship.
Last season Davy Fitzgerald responded to criticism his team, Wexford, received from Shefflin by pointing out he'd never had the experience of coaching a team:
I think Michael Duignan and Henry have had a go. Let me say this straight out, Michael Duignan and Henry have never managed any team at a high level. The people need to wake up, so they do.
If they want the same one or two teams to play hurling and be successful that’s fine.
It appears Shefflin has taken steps to ensure he can no longer be bet by that stick.