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Eoin Cadogan sides with Cork footballers for upcoming dual debate

The defender has opted to focus on Conor Counihan’s football squad for Sunday week’s Munster final against Clare.

Eoin Cadogan's availability is a boost for the Cork footballers.
Eoin Cadogan's availability is a boost for the Cork footballers.
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EOIN CADOGAN HAS opted to declare for the Cork senior footballers the weekend after next as they prepare for a Munster final showdown with Clare on July 8th and as a consequence will not be considered for the starting fifteen for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork hurling side who face Offaly in the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers on July 7th.

Cadogan has taken the decision, after consultations took place earlier this week with both sets of management teams, due to the fact that the footballers are facing into a championship final. He revealed the news in an official statement on the Cork county board’s GAA website. The Douglas player has never won a Munster senior championship medal as he was not part of the football squad when they claimed provincial titles in 2008 and 2009. Indeed it was not until the 2010 All-Ireland final against Down that he made his starting senior football championship debut.

The 25 year-old will be part of the Cork panel for the phase two hurling match which takes place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 7pm on the Saturday evening and will then be in line to start for Conor Counihan’s football squad who face Clare the following afternoon in the Gaelic Grounds at 2pm. The absence of Cadogan will pave the way for one of the Cork substitutes in last Sunday’s Munster semi-final against Tipperary to make the jump to the starting fifteen.

Na Piarsaigh duo John Gardiner and Sean Óg Ó hAilpín will be the prime candidates to force their way into the half-back line but their clubmate Christopher Joyce could also be in the frame as he has been hugely impressive at senior club and inter-county U21 level recently.

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