Cork will go into the 2018 season as defending Munster champions but after an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Waterford in August, the Rebels know that they still need to improve to return to the pinnacle of the sport.
The Leesiders, whose return to form was a highlight of the 2017 season, will come into the new year with a new manager as Kieran Kingston left the post, being replaced by John Meyler.
However, Cork have been given a boost as their pre-season preparations commence with the news that Eoin Cadogan has opted to join the Rebels’ hurlers, according to the Irish Examiner. Just back from representing Ireland in the International Rules Series, this is a great boost to Meyler ahead of the new campaign.
Cadogan will join his brother Alan on Meyler’s hurling panel as they look to back up their good season in 2017 and prove the Munster title-winning effort wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
A key figure for the Cork footballers in recent times, his loss to the new manager and club-mate Ronan McCarthy will be a huge one as they look to break Kerry’s dominance in the Munster Championship.
Since winning three provincial crowns in four years from 2006-09, Cork have only added one more title as the Kingdom have had a near monopoly on the Munster title.
Cork last won the All-Ireland Football Championship in 2010 with Cadogan a part of that team but the last few years haven’t been so kind to the Douglas man.
Having been a dual player and just a footballer in the past, Cadogan will focus solely on hurling for 2018.
Cork’s season starts later this month as they will compete in the Munster Senior Hurling League alongside Limerick, Clare and Kerry.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man where we reflect on the 2017 season, including Cork’s Munster Championship success.