'It is a leap of faith in one sense. There is a risk factor for Brian too.'

Cork Jimmy Barry-Murphy on the return of 2006 Allstar winner Brian Murphy to the Rebels camp.

Cork hurler Brian Murphy.
Cork hurler Brian Murphy.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

LAST WEEK, IT was announced that two-time All-Ireland winner Brian Murphy had made a dramatic return to the Cork panel on the eve of their 2015 championship campaign.

And Rebels boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy has no qualms in throwing the 2006 Allstar winner straight into championship action as Cork get set to play Waterford next Sunday.

“He trained all last week and is in contention to start,” remarked Barry-Murphy.

“With Lorcán injured, we had a serious lack of cover. We looked at all the club championship games, he was outstanding for his club [Bride Rovers].

“We went back to him and asked him to reconsider coming back into the fold given the problems we had. He made himself available and we are delighted with that. It has been a great boost to the panel.

“He didn’t need convincing. He just wanted to make sure that we wanted him and did we feel he was up to it. We certainly did, his form has been brilliant.

Jimmy-Barry Murphy Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

“It is a leap of faith in one sense. There is a risk factor for Brian too. Coming back, you never know how it is going to work out and it is not easy to walk back into a set-up you have left.

“He is such a good player I have no worries that will be a problem. Players of his quality don’t come around too often.”

Cork will make a call tomorrow night on whether to start Seamus Harnedy in the clash with Waterford.

Harnedy suffered a hamstring tear in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final defeat to the Déise five weeks ago. Barry-Murphy admits that the recovery hasn’t been as swift as hoped, but there is good news regarding injuries to Lorcán McLoughlin an Alan Cadogan.

Seamus Harnedy Cork's Seamus Harnedy. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

“We are worried about Seamus,” he said, “it’s taking a bit longer than we thought.

“You’d be hoping against hope that he would be okay, but I’d say he is slightly doubtful, we’ll know for sure tomorrow night.

“He trained a bit on Saturday morning and he’s to do a bit more Tuesday night, then we will decide. He is out now five weeks and that’s not ideal.

“Lorcán McLoughlin is out, but he is looking a lot better than we thought. He will be back in a couple of weeks’ time. Alan Cadogan is fine, he trained hard on Saturday morning.”

Shane Fives and Jamie Barron tackle Alan Cadogan Cork's Alan Cadogan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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