During the week, the news emerged that five senior members of the Cork hurling team had been dropped from the panel ahead of the championship.
Manager Kieran Kingston culled former captains Pa Cronin and Shane O’Neill, as well as Cian McCarthy, Stephen Moylan and Paudie O’Sullivan.
This came as a major surprise to the hurling community and has acted as a statement of intent from the management that they will not be selecting players based on reputation alone.
The Rebels defeated Galway last Sunday in the relegation play-off to secure their Division 1A status for 2017. In the aftermath of the victory, Kingston and his selectors decided that those players would not have any further involvement with the Lee-siders this year.
O’Sullivan and McCarthy opted out of the panel, while Moylan, O’Neill and Cronin were simply dropped.
However, the manner in which the news was broken to the squad may surprise many.
Pundit Arena has exclusively learned that the panel as a whole were not notified of the five players leaving the squad, and the first they learned of the news before it broke in the media was when the players in question departed the team’s Whatsapp group.
This lack of transparency between the Cork management and the players is an interesting one, and this would suggest that communication is not up to scratch in the camp.