Wednesday 26 July 2017

O'Sullivan can return: Barry-Murphy

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy: 'We felt Conor still had a huge part to play. I just hope in time that he will come back into the scene because I feel he has a lot to offer'
Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy: 'We felt Conor still had a huge part to play. I just hope in time that he will come back into the scene because I feel he has a lot to offer'

Jackie Cahill

Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy insists that the door remains open for Conor O'Sullivan should he want to come back to the panel, though a return for William Egan is unlikely.

Defender O'Sullivan decided to opt out of the Rebels' set-up last week, having experienced limited game-time in the latter part of the Allianz Hurling League campaign. Cork face Waterford in Sunday's final with Barry-Murphy admitting that they are short of cover at the back and that the Sarsfields man would be welcomed should he change his mind.

"I was disappointed (that he left)," Barry-Murphy admitted.

"We felt Conor still had a huge part to play. I just hope in time that he will come back into the scene because I feel he has a lot to offer. We are very disappointed to see him going."

Wing-back Egan, who had been away travelling, won't feature in 2015, however.

"I sounded out the situation with William," Barry-Murphy said, "he didn't feel he was in a position to come back and be part of the panel. He felt he had missed too much of the year and he didn't feel he was ready to be part of the panel going forward."

Ahead of Sunday, Barry-Murphy expects a full-strength panel, with Mark Ellis likely to be back.

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