Saturday 24 March 2018

Walsh would love to 'have a cut' at dual player role

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Aidan Walsh could have tried his hand at playing both hurling and football at senior inter-county level this year -- but for the old head on his young shoulders,

With U-21 commitments in both codes, as well as the defence of Sam Maguire to contend with in 2011, the Kanturk powerhouse realised that it was the wrong time to attempt to follow in the footsteps of Eoin Cadogan.

There was a brief chat with Rebel hurling manager Denis Walsh over the winter, but the practicalities meant it never got off the ground.

He missed Cork's Munster U-21 hurling championship defeat to Tipperary last year, as that fixture came just days before his championship bow for the senior footballers against Kerry.

Even in his absence, the Rebels still brought Tipperary to extra-time. Cork lost out in the end and to compound matters, the Premier men would sail to an All-Ireland title that September.


"Hopefully, this year I'll play U-21 hurling. Last year I missed out on it and it's probably my biggest regret so far," said Walsh. "Hopefully, this year the fixtures will fall right, so I can have a cut at it."

"I'd love to try being a dual player in the next year or two, if the opportunity came about, but it's very hard.

"You have Cadogan there and I'd be talking to him, he has a lot of injuries and he's under fair pressure from both sides. But it's something that, if the opportunity came up, I'd like to have a cut off.

"There's only one or two years that you could try and do it."

This year's U-21 football campaign ended in frustration. Cork dismantled Kerry in the Munster final, but failed to live up to their favourites tag when overturned by Galway.

"That was a bit of a disaster. That kind of thing puts things into perspective. We were going into that game as red-hot favourites and it just wasn't to be," said Walsh.

And with Limerick coming to Pairc Ui Chaoimh for a Munster SF semi-final this weekend, Walsh is determined not to get caught again even if people are already talking about a prospective provincial final clash with Kerry.

"They'll be tough. They've some very good players. They had a few players on the Munster provincial team two years ago and they're good players. They'll be no pushover," said Walsh.

Irish Independent

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