County champions James Stephens have nominated Jackie Tyrrell as captain of the Kilkenny senior hurlers for the 2006 season.
As reigning champions, Tyrrell's club had the honour of nominating a successor to 2005 skipper Peter Barry. Defender Tyrrell has been a member of the Kilkenny panel since 2003 and lined out at left corner back in the Cats' 2005 NHL Division 1 final win.
The 25-year-old, a quantity surveyor by profession, stepped in as skipper when Barry was injured during last year's league campaign. He also captained the Kilkenny Under-21s to All-Ireland glory in 2003.
Tyrrell is one of four James Stephens players - Eoin Larkin, Eoin McCormack and Donncha Cody being the others - who have rejoined the Kilkenny panel this week after playing in the recent All-Ireland club hurling semi-final.
Cats boss Brian Cody will finalise his side for Sunday's NHL Division 1B clash with Tipperary tomorrow. Groin injury victims Henry Shefflin and Martin Comerford remain sidelined.