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Daithi Burke, Galway

Daithi Burke, Galway

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Daithi Burke, Galway

The Galway hurlers look set to win the battle to retain exclusive access to talented dual player Daithi Burke over the summer months.

Burke, who helped Corofin to such an impressive AIB All-Ireland club football title on St Patrick's Day with the energy of his performance from midfield, is a target of the Galway football manager Kevin Walsh. Walsh has admitted he is open to the idea of embracing dual players.

However, the Galway hurling management are understood not to be keen on dual status at inter-county level and are confident that Burke will again commit to the hurlers only. Burke himself is understood to be prepared to give the hurlers undivided commitment.

He won an All-Ireland U-21 football medal in 2013 but he and his brother Ronan tied down the central positions on the Galway senior hurling team in last year's championship.

Surprise

After their exit to Tipperary in a qualifier game, Daithi Burke joined Alan Mulholland's football squad and was a surprise inclusion as a substitute in the second half of the Connacht final against Mayo just two weeks later.

The Galway hurlers play Dublin in their last regulation league game in Parnell Park on Sunday with nothing more at stake except what quarter-final they can set up for themselves.

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham indicated after Sunday's defeat to Cork that he would use the match to re-introduce players who haven't featured much, or at all, in this League campaign and Niall Burke, Paul Killeen and Fergal Moore are among those who may return.

With a Leinster Championship quarter-final looming on May 31, neither side will want to concede any early ground.

Cyril Donnellan has also recovered from a long-term groin injury but Conor Cooney and David Burke may not be in a position to return just yet.

Irish Independent