Tuesday 12 December 2017

Murphy retirement U-turn gives Rebelettes huge boost

Ladies football Jackie Cahill

SEVEN-time All-Ireland medallist Juliet Murphy has made a sensational return to the Cork senior panel – just weeks after announcing her retirement.

A Cork spokesman confirmed that midfielder Murphy trained with the squad on Wednesday, and she is now in line for a remarkable comeback on August 10, when Cork contest their first TG4 All-Ireland qualifier.

The Rebelettes were foiled in their quest for a 10th successive Munster title by Kerry this month, but Murphy's return is a massive boost to their chances of retaining their All-Ireland crown.

A Cork source revealed: "I can confirm that Juliet did train with the team (on Wednesday), but that's as much as I can say at this stage."

Murphy's return comes just days after she admitted that she could be tempted out of retirement.

And when she did step away last month, from all levels of the game, Cork manager Eamon Ryan insisted that she could have continued for at least another two seasons.

It is understood that Murphy did not play club championship football for Donoughmore against Inch Rovers on Tuesday night, and it appears that she is back for just the county team.

The Dublin ladies football account tweeted news of Murphy's apparent return last night, saying: "Strong rumours that Juliet Murphy has returned to the Cork ladies senior panel. Murphy had announced her retirement earlier this year."

Murphy, a five-time All Star and Player of the Year in 2011, is regarded as arguably the greatest player in the history of ladies football.

Irish Independent

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