Walsh keeps Rebels dual door open
Aidan Walsh is not ready to turn his back on senior hurling and will make himself available in the future, he confirmed yesterday.
Walsh is one of Cork's most talented dual players but has aligned himself successfully to the senior footballers for the last two seasons, a policy he will continue in 2011.
He revealed that he turned down an invitation to link up with the hurlers from manager Denis Walsh at the beginning of the year, but in time he will take on a dual commitment.
"I was talking to Denis at the start of the year and I made my views clear straight away," he said. "If you try and play too much you get injured and then you don't play at all. I'm trying to cut down and manage the situation.
"If the opportunity came up again, I would love to try it. I have great time for hurling, I would love to hurl. I've no real preference really, it's whatever way I'm playing. Hopefully next year or the year after, I'll try it (dual status)."
Walsh admits he made his choice to stick with the footballers because of the relationship he has built up with some of the more experienced players in the squad, like Nicholas Murphy and Graham Canty.
"The lads were very good to me. I would have talked to Graham and Nicholas a lot," he said.
"It's a good environment, one I felt that I would like to go into. I'm lucky enough it has all worked out so far."
Walsh still expects to be available for the Cork U-21 hurlers this year, having missed out in 2010 through injury.
"Hopefully I'll get to play U-21 hurling this year," he said. "I missed out on it last year. I was disappointed with that. We probably should have beaten Tipperary that night, Tipp had a handy run through the competition after that."
Meanwhile, the U-21 football championship gets under way tonight with All-Ireland champions Dublin putting their title on the line against rivals Meath in Navan.
Current senior squad members Sean Murray, James McCarthy and Darragh Nelson will feature while Dean Rock, Ciaran Dorney and Gary Sweeney form a formidable half-forward line.
Dublin will be without three Kilmacud Crokes players, including Craig Dias, because of their All-Ireland club semi-final against Crossmaglen Rangers on Sunday.
Laois and Westmeath meet in Portlaoise, with Carlow v Wicklow and Wexford v Louth also on tonight's programme.