CORK’S HURLERS ARE ready to give it a go under Rebel County legend Jimmy Barry Murphy this year, according to Donal Óg Cusack.
And the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh dressingroom is full of young promise, despite some high-profile developments amongst the panel’s older campaigners, he said yesterday.
The Cork goalkeeper was at Croke Park for the announcement that PwC are to become an official partner to the GAA and GPA.
Though insisting that the county will take it ‘one step at a time’ under the ‘new’ manager JBM, they hope to give the success-starved Leeside faithful something to get behind next summer.
“A lot of the headlines stuff that came out were about some of the older guys, be it Seán Óg (Ó hAilpín) returning or myself being made captain,” he adds.
“It’s a totally transformed dressing room, full of young fellas, full of enthusiasm. Like all things, nothing stays the same and that can only be a healthy thing where you have players that want so much to come in and play for Cork. That’s brilliant.
“Jimmy is an extremely positive person and is very approachable. He has got a great passion for hurling, he’s a legendary player and an iconic figure within the game.
“He’s won both at hurling and football and he just brings that respect to the dressing room because people know that he has done it. He has a great way about him.
“I think it’s only natural that people (have high expectations) because Cork is very much a GAA county and very much a hurling county as well.
“People are yearning for success down there. It’s 2005 since Cork last won so it’s only natural that people could be optimistic,” he added.