Sunday 20 October 2019

O'Carroll back in training after returning to Crokes


Rory O'Carroll. Photo: Sportsfile
Rory O'Carroll. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former All-Ireland-winning full-back Rory O'Carroll returned to training in both hurling and football with Kilmacud Crokes this week.

O'Carroll's return from New Zealand has prompted speculation as to whether he would rejoin the Dublin football panel, with whom he established himself as one of the best full-backs in the game, while he was also touted as having a future as a hurler had he gone down that route.

And his club hurling manager Anthony Daly revealed he's still in good shape.


"He trained with us last night (Wednesday)," Daly confirmed. "(He has) a bit of hurling to do all right but he's in good shape."

"We're playing Saturday four weeks (in the Dublin SHC). Whether he'd be ready for it or not… he might. You never know. We've a few matches to play.

"We've Jude's at the weekend and we're going to play Dunloy the following week in a challenge match. We'll give him a bit of game time now and see… I know he wants to play senior football as well."

Daly was in charge of the Dublin senior hurling team from 2009 to 2014 and insists O'Carroll (above) would have been involved in his squad back then but for his decision to play football.

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"I think it was 2010, we took a hiding out here (in Croke Park) off Kilkenny and I think the following Wednesday we had to go down to Nowlan Park and we were over that U-21 team as well," Daly said at the launch of Renault Ireland 2019 GAA World Games.

"And he gave an exhibition on Walter Walsh then at centre-back. Pat wouldn't give him to us then for the final! Pat Gilroy! So we had to try and beat Wexford without him. And we did."

Meanwhile, Mayo have confirmed that two-time former Young Footballer of the Year Diarmuid O'Connor, 24, has been named as their senior captain for the coming season.

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