Sunday 24 September 2017

Eoin Cadogan primed to resume dual duties

A succession of injuries dogged Cadogan's 2013 campaign
A succession of injuries dogged Cadogan's 2013 campaign
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CORK star Eoin Cadogan is on course to resume dual service for the county this season.

The Douglas defender opted to concentrate on football for 2013, but revealed that he could rejoin Jimmy Barry-Murphy's hurling panel when they return from a team holiday later this month.

"I met the hurling management before Christmas and had an extremely positive conversation," Cadogan said at yesterday's launch of AIB's 'Me2u' app that allows customers to send money securely by smartphone.

"They told me to have a think about it over Christmas. They are not back until January 15 or 16 and they are going to pick a panel then.

"I am lucky in the sense that I have two or three weeks with the (football) lads anyway just to keep myself tipping away. We will see what happens when they come back. We have to sit down and have another chat."

Cadogan has already committed to the footballers -- he lined out in Brian Cuthbert's first competitive game in charge of the Rebels when they overran Limerick IT in the McGrath Cup on Sunday.

Should his participation with the hurlers be confirmed this year, he won't be alone in Cork in trying to combine both codes: Aidan Walsh has already indicated a desire to attempt to play both, while hurling management have also been in touch with Damien Cahalane.

The dual issue continues to divide opinion, with Wexford's Lee Chin opting to concentrate on hurling in 2014, while there has been a suggestion that Ciaran Kilkenny would play both for Dublin given the choice.

"It is difficult on Ciaran, because he obviously wants to give it a go and is probably being shut down on it," Cadogan said.

"We are very lucky in that Brian Cuthbert came in and was very open to it -- as was Conor (Counihan) in fairness to him. The times I was doing it, there were no problems with him, Jimmy or Denis Walsh -- a lot has to go back to them, the way they were able to communicate."

Despite the increased workload, Cadogan feels he is better served by playing both codes.

INJURIES

"I actually found that I trained harder playing one sport than I did playing two ... there is no variation," he said.

"Whereas, if you are beaten in a National League game with the footballers you can park that for two weeks and go in to a completely new set-up, with a different vibe."

A succession of injuries dogged Cadogan's 2013 campaign with the footballers before Dublin finally ended Cork's interest at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage.

Much of his winter has been spent rehabbing from the Achilles, ankle and shoulder injuries he picked up last year, while he will also miss this Sunday's McGrath Cup game with UL due to exams -- the 27-year-old is studying to be a strength and conditioning coach in Setanta College and spent a week with Ulster rugby's sports science department as part of his work experience.

"The exercises are the same -- but the loads are bigger because they are bigger men. In rugby, forwards need to be able to take more impact than in football or hurling," he explained.

"The main difference in GAA is that we are cramming. They do a session and they have a break of a few hours and then they are back, so they do two sessions in a day. We are cramming constantly."

Cadogan was full of praise for Kerry referee Padraig O'Sullivan for his handling of the new black card rules at the weekend and called for "common sense" to prevail in the coming weeks.

"The referee did a great job in our game. He explained why there was a black card and how close we were to a black card if we did something. He communicated to the players, and that's all you want," he said.

"But I think by the end of the year you'll see a lot more forwards than backs getting black cards because backs know how to tackle and forwards can't.

"Look at last year's All-Ireland final, how many times did Dublin pull down Mayo fellas coming out, regardless of what the time was? Some forwards can tackle, but the majority are poor tacklers."

Irish Independent

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