Sunday 8 December 2019

Walsh hungry to keep up dual Rebel duties

Cork dual player Aidan Walsh
Cork dual player Aidan Walsh

John Fallon

Cork dual star Aidan Walsh says he hopes to continue playing both hurling and football for the next few years.

Walsh, who has played eight championship games, including two for his club Kanturk in seven and a half weeks, said he has no difficulty with such a busy schedule.

"I'm only 24 so if I do it, it would be for another year or maybe three, we'll see how it goes.

"But like that the opportunity came about. I said if I didn't do it I would regret it, and I know I have to choose eventually."

Walsh said that the debate about whether a player can function in both codes is usually influenced by the way a game goes.

"People kept coming up to me saying, 'you can't do it, it's not possible'. I suppose after the Tipperary game people were saying it is possible and after the Kerry game, it's not possible so you're always going to have your begrudgers and your doubters no matter what you are at. I just have to drive on to the next game now."

Walsh said he was relieved to go training with the hurlers in the fallout from the heavy Munster final loss to Kerry and that because of the schedule he does not have time to dwell on defeats or celebrate the victories too much.

"You have your good days and your bad days. I suppose if it's true what they say – that you're only as good as your last game – we're really screwed after that one because things didn't go our way and it's very easy to throw the blame on someone.

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"I was lucky enough that I could go to hurling training on the Tuesday night and I was able to focus on something different. After a game like that it really focuses you on what went wrong and you can improve on that.

"I'm looking forward to the next two weeks and trying to redeem ourselves and trying to get back on the horse and just trying to improve."

Football will take precedence in the next week or so with a qualifier clash against Sligo tomorrow week, while the hurlers will not be out again until August 17.

He returned to football training this week buoyed by the joy of winning the Munster hurling final, a win he will savour for a long time.

"I was sitting in the stand last year for the Munster final and the atmosphere was incredible. You don't really realise how good it is until you're standing in the middle of the field and it's coming from all sides around you.

"The contrast between the football final the week before and last Sunday was just incredible. It was just packed to the rafters last weekend and you could really tell that hurling in Cork was back and was more popular than the football.

"The celebrations were great and I hope we can just push on now," he added.

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