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Cork's defensive options hit as 2013 All-Ireland starter departs panel

Conor O’Sullivan has departed the Rebel setup.

Conor O'Sullivan in action against Kilkenny earlier this spring.
Conor O'Sullivan in action against Kilkenny earlier this spring.
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CORK DEFENDER CONOR O’Sullivan has departed the county’s senior hurling panel.

The Sarsfields club man, who started at corner-back in the 2013 All-Ireland final draw and replay, didn’t feature during last Sunday’s league semi-final success over Dublin in Nowlan Park.

The 26 year-old was named on the bench for last Sunday’s game but was replaced by Jamie Coughlan before throw-in. It is believed that he informed management of his decision late last week.

“Conor made the decision himself,” Crowley told The42 this morning. ”He wants to concentrate on his club hurling and that’s all there is to it really.”

O’Sullivan made his senior inter-county championship debut in 2009 against Tipperary. He had caught the eye on the Sarsfields team that won the Cork senior hurling title in 2008 and the UCC side that won the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2009.

O’Sullivan went on to add three more county senior hurling medals with his club while he became a regular in the Cork squad.

He was hampered by injuries last year and didn’t feature in any of Cork’s championship games.

In this year’s league, O’Sullivan started against Kilkenny, Clare and Dublin but hasn’t featured regularly since.

The news means Cork’s defensive options have been hit further with Christopher Joyce out for the season after tearing his cruciate against Dublin in Croke Park last month while Cormac Murphy and Mark Ellis missed out on Sunday’s game due to injury.

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