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Cadogan happy to stick with big ball only


Cork Footballer Eoin Cadogan. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Cork Footballer Eoin Cadogan. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Cork Footballer Eoin Cadogan. Picture: SPORTSFILE

ON Saturday, Eoin Cadogan: Cork footballer, hopes to shake off his recent injury problems to start in the Rebel defence against Limerick.

That's Eoin Cadogan: Cork footballer. No longer: Eoin Cadogan 'dual star', the postscript which had tagged the end of his name since his arrival and subsequent blossoming in both football and hurling for Cork.

Until this year, when the decision came (like all modern GAA stars) through his Twitter account to announce that Gaelic football would be getting Cadogan's sole inter-county attentions in 2013.

"My decision is what it is and you have to stick by that," he says of the local reaction to his call.

"It was a difficult enough decision. I always said when you make that decision you'd probably feel more disappointed for the group of lads you played with all of the time, more so than anyone else.

"Last year, probably my football year went a little bit better and that was probably one of the reasons why I would have picked it."

An injured Achilles against Donegal last month ruled Cadogan out of action in the interim but on Saturday, in the Gaelic Grounds against the Division 4 champions Limerick, he hopes to start what is, in reality, a far stiffer test of Cork's resolve than has routinely been the case in their previous Munster openers.

"Looking at results over the last couple of years they have always been tight encounters and maybe at times, encounters when maybe we didn't deserve to get the win," he admits.

"Going to Limerick is always a tight battle. Our under-21s saw that going over there this year as raging-hot favourites and were dragged into a dog-fight.

"We are expecting nothing else from Limerick, they are a good footballing side and have developed well over the last couple of years and there is going to be a huge task ahead of us."