Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rebel boost as two hurlers are added to Cork football squad

Alan Cadogan and Aidan Walsh
Alan Cadogan and Aidan Walsh
Aidan Walsh has made himself available for the Cork football side Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Cork's footballers have received a major boost ahead of Saturday's qualifier tie against Longford with the addition of hurlers Aidan Walsh and Alan Cadogan to their ranks.

With the Rebels bowing out in disappointing fashion to Wexford in Saturday night's hurling qualifier, Walsh and Cadogan have made themselves available to Peadar Healy's football squad and it is understood that both trained last night.

Walsh, a football All-Star winner in 2010 and 2012, last played for Cork in their All-Ireland SFC quarter-final defeat to Mayo two years ago before the dual star opted out in 2015 and 2016 to focus on the small ball.

The towering Kanturk midfielder is seen as a huge addition to Healy's squad having played a crucial part in their Sam Maguire success six years ago, while Cadogan is another exciting recruit.

Cadogan, who will join his older brother Eoin in the squad, has not featured for Cork's senior footballers but the talented attacker enjoyed a glittering U-21 career, winning three Munster titles from 2012-2014.

Elsewhere, TJ Ryan confirmed his resignation as Limerick hurling boss last night after admitting that "he had a go and it wasn't good enough".

Their narrow semi-final defeat to Kilkenny in 2014 was the highlight of his three-year tenure and possible successors include Na Piarsaigh boss Shane O'Neill, Kerry manager Ciaran Carey and 2015 All-Ireland U-21-winning manager John Kiely.

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