O'Connor to return for Rebels after league decider
The Cork footballers have been handed a major boost with the shock news that Alan O'Connor is set to come out of retirement and rejoin Brian Cuthbert's squad.
The St Colum's clubman won't be a part of the panel that takes on Dublin in Sunday's league semi-final but will team up with the Rebels the following week.
O'Connor retired in late 2013 when he was just 28, following the likes of Alan Quirke, Graham Canty, Paudie Kissane, Noel O'Leary and Pearse O'Neill out the door as the Rebels' 2010 All-Ireland winning team broke up.
He made his debut back in 2008; he won three Munster titles and played midfield on the team that won Sam Maguire under Conor Counihan.
O'Connor hasn't played for the Rebels since they lost the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final to Dublin but will be in contention when they open their Munster campaign against either Clare or Limerick at home on June 14.
A brief statement on the Cork website confirmed the news late last night and read that Cuthbert "welcomed the development."
Elsewhere, Brendan Murphy was named on the independent.ie Rising Stars Team after his performances for Carlow IT but he has confirmed his intention to spend the summer in the USA - a major blow to Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien
The former AFL player was the sole IT Carlow player on the selection with Sigerson Cup champions DCU dominating the team with six representatives including Laois' Colm Begley and Longford's Mickey Quinn.
Fitzgibbon Cup champions UL have seven players on the hurling equivalent, including former Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly.