Cork legend Donncha O’Connor has not yet come to a decision on whether he will be joining up with the county’s footballers for 2018 or not.
Incoming Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy has confirmed to the Evening Echo that the Ballydesmond club player has been granted time off from the squad’s opening pre-season activities to be afforded time to think about his future.
O’Connor is now 36-years-old but showed last year with standout performances against Tipperary and Mayo that he undoubtedly still possesses the skill, leadership and experience to guide the Rebels forward along with the new age of younger players at the disposal of McCarthy.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, the new Cork manager said:
“Donncha O’Connor is taking an extended break at the moment, and he won’t be making a decision about next year until sometime in the future.”
O’Connor has twelve years of playing days under his belt at senior level for the Rebels, with the All-Ireland winning season of 2010 being the most memorable of those when he starred at full-forward. His evident passion for the Blood and Bandage down through the years has endeared himself to the Leeside faithful along with his ability to come up with vital scores at the most crucial of times.
If O’Connor is to call it a day at inter-county level, nobody from Cork will begrudge his decision after the service he has provided the county.