Mullane says he is the 'retiring' type

Frank Roche

JOHN MULLANE has poured cold water on suggestions by his former boss Davy Fitzgerald that he may return to the Waterford hurling fold this season.

"I was very honoured by Davy's comments during the week, but I won't be coming back," reiterated the recently retired five-time All Star. "I'm not for turning. How many times do I have to say it? I have a summer holiday booked."

GERALD McCARTHY admits he would never have agreed to become Cork hurling manager if he knew all the discord that lay ahead, culminating in a death threat and his eventual resignation.

"Certainly, I would not have got back involved with the Cork set-up in 2007 if I knew where it was going to lead to and the strife and trouble that it was going to cause," McCarthy says in a TG4 Laochra Gael programme to be screened next month.

"Very quickly, myself and the selectors discovered there was a lot more involved behind the scenes. It was a period where the GPA were trying to establish themselves, really. To further their aims, to show the association as a whole what they could do if they didn't get recognised. I think that was one of the elements behind the scenes."

WEXFORD (SF v Armagh) - A Masterson; B Malone, G Molloy, R Tierney; A Doyle, J Wadding, A Flynn; D Waters, C Doyle; M Furlong, B Brosnan, P Byrne; S Roche, R Barry, PJ Banville.

LEINSTER (SF panel v Ulster) - S Cluxton; G Brennan, P Flynn, MD Macauley, C O'Sullivan, B Brogan ( Dublin), K Lillis (Laois), M Quinn, B Gilleran, S McCormack (Longford), R Barry, G Molloy, B Malone, A Flynn (Wexford), J Heslin, D Dolan (Westmeath), J Sheridan (Meath), P Keenan, N Gallagher (Louth), J Stafford (Wicklow), B Kavanagh, B Murphy (Carlow), B O'Connor (Offaly).

ULSTER (SF v Leinster) - P McConnell (Tyrone); C McKaigue (Derry), N McGee (Donegal), E McGee (Donegal); A Kernan (Armagh), D Hughes (Monaghan), C McKeever (Armagh); S Cavanagh (Tyrone), D Givney (Cavan); M McHugh (Donegal), M Penrose (Tyrone), J McMahon (Tyrone); J Clarke (Armagh), K Niblock (Antrim), C McManus (Monaghan).