Tuesday 17 October 2017

'No breach of discipline on Cork trip to Portugal' - O'Neill dismisses talk of training camp unrest

Cork selector Eoin O'Neill has insisted there was no breach of discipline during a recent trip to Portugal. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork selector Eoin O'Neill has insisted there was no breach of discipline during a recent trip to Portugal. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

There was no breach of discipline by any members of the Cork football squad during a recent warm weather training trip to Portugal, selector Eoin O'Neill has insisted.

O'Neill said they had heard the speculation that goalkeeper Kenneth O'Halloran and defender Michael Shields had been removed from the squad but was adamant they had returned to their clubs due to lack of game-time.

"There was no breach of discipline in our training camp, absolutely not," said O'Neill. "Everybody was impeccable out there.

"The reason those guys are back with their clubs a bit more was that, for various reasons, they haven't had much game-time with us. Ken played the first game and another game, Michael played nothing for us really. He played a half against Roscommon, he's been injured.

"Our panel is an open panel. We're going to be bringing in and out fellas depending on how they're performing."

Meanwhile, Kerry selector Mikey Sheehy has said Tommy Walsh's decision to withdraw from the squad was "the right one for himself". Walsh pulled the plug just 18 months after returning home from a five-year AFL career.

"He was obviously disappointed he wasn't getting game-time," said Sheehy, who stressed that the door will always remain open to him. "It just wasn't happening for him. It might be the right thing or the wrong thing by us that we didn't give him enough game-time.

"In hindsight, when he came back initially, he might have been better off going back to his club and then coming back to us.

"Maybe we should have nailed him down to one position. Last year he played a couple of games at wing-forward and it didn't suit him.

"We tried him this year at inside full-forward in a few of the games. But he was probably unlucky that in the first two league games we were missing some marquee players.

"Maybe if they had been playing with him it might have helped him."

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