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Friday 18 April 2014

Absent Murphy adds to Cork worries

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy's future as a Cork hurler is in some doubt as he has not yet returned to training.

Cork selector Kieran Kingston confirmed after a challenge match over the weekend that Murphy had not linked up with the squad for 2013. Kingston indicated that they hoped to know his position over the next week.

Murphy did not return for a period in 2009 after the last of the three players' strikes ended with Gerald McCarthy's resignation as manager. He has been a regular feature for Cork for the last decade and featured at corner-back on the 2004 and 2005 All-Ireland-winning teams.

If Murphy was to stay away it would represent another blow for manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy, coming so soon after Eoin Cadogan threw his lot in with the footballers and Damien Cahalane's decision to also opt for Conor Counihan's squad.

With Aidan Walsh firmly committing to the footballers over the last three years, it has changed the established dynamic between Cork's inter-county teams which traditionally almost always saw the footballers having to yield.

Those decisions came on top of an offer from Munster rugby to take the talented Darren Sweetnam away after a very successful first season with Barry-Murphy's Cork.

With Sean Og O hAilpin retired, Niall McCarthy out of the picture and John Gardiner not considered, it will leave a much-changed Cork squad in the coming months.

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