Carlow hurler Seamus Murphy has committed to the cause for another year.
Murphy who spent three years in New Zealand before returning this year to help his club St Mullins to the county title is currently travelling up from Nenagh for county training.
The big forward has been named as joint captain of the Carlow hurlers alongside Alan Corcoran and he is looking forward to the new campaign which sees the Barrowsiders take on NUI Galway and Kilkenny in the coming weeks.
"Training is going well. There is a good buzz and everyone is enjoying," Murphy told the Carlow Nationalist. "These are the teams we want to be playing. The Walsh Cup is good preparation for the league and we want to put in as good a performance as we possibly can.
"We need to use games like this as preparation. We can only look after ourselves. We will look to NUIG first and then have a go at Kilkenny."