Monday 23 October 2017

Collins calls for renewed Rebel effort

Cork's Mark Collins. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Cork's Mark Collins. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork's Mark Collins has called for a renewed effort to restore Cork as a force after a disappointing season.

Collins hopes that the squad can stick together despite the looming threat of retirement from another large bank of their 2010 All-Ireland winners.

According to the Castlehaven clubman, it's the fault of the players that they have become mired in mediocrity over the last number of years, culminating in relegation from Division One and a Munster semi-final defeat to Tipperary.

"Cork are a big county. We should be well up there with the talent that is inside in that dressing room," he said. "We should be here every year and competing with these teams. Since 2012 we haven't beaten a Division One team. That's not good enough for a county the size of Cork."

"We've let ourselves down more than anything else with the performances we've given over the last few years.

"Kildare last year? We couldn't blame anyone only ourselves for that, Tipp this year, that was disappointing. We can't complain about it."

Collins feels they are a tight-knit group and will kick on: "We said in the dressing room we all have to stick together. There is the bones of a serious team there but unfortunately we're not producing it at the moment.

"Whatever it is, whatever we're missing, we'll just have to go at it again."

Cork manager Peadar Healy doesn't believe that it's possible for dual players like Aidan Walsh and Alan Cadogan to prosper on both fronts and Collins hopes they will commit to the footballers next year.

"Obviously it's their own decision. They thoroughly enjoyed their couple of weeks in here," said Collins.

"To be fair to the group we've been knocked, we disappointed a lot but we've always stuck together. A lot of us are very close. Hopefully they might stick with it next year.

Irish Independent

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