Boost for Cork footballers as All-Ireland winner Alan O'Connor returns to panel
Cork manager Brian Cuthbert has been dealt a boost ahead of the championship with the news that 2010 All-Ireland winner Alan O'Connor is to return to the football squad.
The towering midfielder was a key member of Conor Counihan's side that claimed Sam Maguire five years ago and Cork management said that the St. Colum's clubman will rejoin the panel after Sunday's National league Final against Dublin.
O'Connor surprisingly announced his retirement in November 2013 at the age of 28, following the likes of Noel O'Leary, Paudie Kissane, Graham Canty, Alan Quirke and Pearse O'Neill to quit the inter-county scene before Cuthbert took over the reins in the Rebels hotseat.
His return will be seen as a huge fillip in an area of the pitch that has caused Cork trouble over the past two seasons.
O'Connor originally made his senior debut in 2008 and went on to win three Munster and an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title in 2010.