Cork hurling has received a serious blow today ahead of the 2017 season, after Aidan Walsh has committed to the big ball.
The 26 year-old won two All-Star awards with the footballers, picking up an All-Ireland medal in 2010, before joining the hurlers in 2014.
With Walsh in the starting team, the Rebels won the 2014 Munster Hurling Championship. However, since then they have moved backwards, and are not among the front-runners in the race for the Liam McCarthy Cup next season.
The footballers had a poor 2016, getting relegated from the League, losing to Tipperary in Munster and failing to negotiate the qualifiers. However, the emergence of an u21 side that reached the All-Ireland final is a cause for hope.
Speaking to the42, Cork football selector Eoin O’Neill has welcomed the news of Walsh’s decision.
“We’re delighted to have Aidan available to us next year.
“He’s a big addition and it’s about getting back on the football track for him now.”
There is also speculation surrounding Damien Cahalane and Alan Cadogan, with the former likely to stay put, while the Douglas man is on the fence.
With Páirc Uí Chaoimh set to open in June 2017, there is a hope Lee-side that they can push on from a disappointing 2016 in both codes, and get back competing for honours.