Tuesday 23 April 2019

Anthony Daly confirms Rory O'Carroll intends playing both codes for Kilmacud Crokes after return from New Zealand

Rory O'Carroll
Rory O'Carroll

Conor McKeon

Rory O’Carroll trained with the Kilmacud Crokes senior hurlers last night after returning from a three-year stay in New Zealand last weekend, with Anthony Daly confirming that he intends to play both codes for the club.

The three-time All-Ireland senior football winner also took part in training with the club’s senior footballers on Tuesday, fueling speculation of a potential comeback with Dublin.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Renault GAA World Games in Croke Park today, Daly - Crokes senior hurling manager - revealed that O’Carroll, 29, is in "good shape."

"Yeah, met him last night. He came back over the weekend. He trained with us last night," he confirmed.

"A bit of hurling to do all right but he’s in good shape."

Crokes, last year’s beaten county finalists in hurling, play Na Fianna in Parnell Park on April 6th in their opening match in Group 1 of this year’s competition.

Daly wasn’t inclined to rule O’Carroll, who played under the Clare man for in the 2010 Leinster Under 21 Hurling Championship, out of playing some part in that game.

"Whether he’d be ready for it or not…he might. You never know," observed Daly, who revealed that O’Carroll will be given some game time in League and challenge matches over the next four weeks.

"We’ve a few matches to play. We’ve Jude’s at the weekend and we’re going to play Dunloy the following week in a challenge match."

"We’ll give him a bit of game time now and see…I know he wants to play senior football as well. But he’s in great shape."

Asked whether O’Carroll indicated any intention to get back playing at inter-county level in either code, Daly insisted: "I didn’t really go into it with him.

"Just welcomed him back. It’s great to have him."

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