Friday 23 August 2019

Kenny drafted in by Meyler as Rebels seek to bounce back

Tom Kenny. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Tom Kenny. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle

John Meyler has added to Cork's backroom team ahead of Sunday's preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final against Westmeath, with former midfielder Tom Kenny on board for the rest of the season.

Kenny, a two-time All-Ireland winner, has been assisting Meyler and selectors Kieran Murphy and Donal O'Mahony on the training pitch in recent weeks and is now formally part of the set-up in a coaching capacity, as Cork bid for a first All-Ireland title since 2005 through the backdoor.

Having retired from inter-county duty in 2013, Kenny continues to line out with his club Grenagh and has earned plaudits for his coaching work with UCC.

A mouth-watering All-Ireland quarter-final with Leinster finalists Kilkenny awaits the Rebels on July 13/14 should they get the better of Joe Quaid's Lake Men in TEG Cusack Park this weekend.

Meanwhile, GAA president John Horan is hopeful that the All-Ireland club championships could be completed inside the calendar year as early as the end of 2020.

Over the weekend, the GAA's Central Council moved the club finals away from its St Patrick's Day date to Sunday, January 19, of next year, in a bid to ease the costs incurred by clubs who embark on an extended run and also to free up players for county activity in the early part of the season.

And Horan suggested that the calendar could be condensed ever further.

"We decided to move it forward, but unfortunately we weren't able to move it the full way as provincial and county final programmes were already planned," Horan explained.

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"The move to January is the first stage and next year we would hope to move it back further."

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