Cillian Buckley says Kilkenny are determined to be hurling's number one team in 2019.
The Cats have gone three years without winning Liam MacCarthy and Buckley wants to put that right next year.
"Kilkenny have a serious history and a serious amount of All-Irelands going back through the years, but we have no God-given right to them either," this year's captain told the Irish Daily Star ahead of Kilkenny's trip to Australia next week when they will do battle with Galway for the inaugural Wild Geese Trophy.
"You have to earn that, to be among the top three or four teams. The truth is, the facts show, that we haven't been for the last few years.
"I suppose the aim isn't to be among the top three or four teams either, it's to be number one, compared to wherever we are at the moment.
"We haven't won an All-Ireland now in... I suppose the last four years there's been four different All-Ireland champions.
"Since 2015 you've had Tipperary, Galway, Limerick and you can add another four teams into that group again and all of them are chasing to be number one, not top four or five. That'll be the case again next year."
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