New Cork hurling boss John Meyler is wasting no time in seeking to boost the strength in depth of his squad for the forthcoming season.
The incoming Meyler, who replaces the outgoing Kieran Kingston, has stated that he wishes to see Eoin Cadogan back representing the Rebel hurlers rather than footballers in 2018 and will do his utmost to acquire the Douglas man’s services.
Cadogan has formerly played for the Cork hurlers as well as attempting to juggle a dual playing role for the county but in more recent seasons has committed to the Gaelic football side only.
Speaking to RTÉ, Meyler stated his belief that the day of the dual inter-county player is now a thing of the past with demands on players now too high to balance both codes.
“I can’t really see players playing dual because the set-ups are so specific now, the amount of training, detail and management that goes in.
“You are playing defensive in football, 15 behind the ball, in hurling you are playing more open hurling, and I don’t think it’s feasible to do both in today’s environment.”
The St. Finbarr’s clubman was full of praise for Cadogan, with whom he worked with the Cork u-21 side that were narrowly beaten by eventual All-Ireland champions Limerick in the Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds earlier this year. Cadogan was involved in that camp as the strength and conditioning coach.
Over the past couple of weeks the Douglas club player has been representing the Irish International Rules side in Australia. It is Meyler’s intention to sit down with Cadogan upon his return to discuss his plans for next year.
“He is concentrating on the Australian rules but he will be back in two or three weeks’ time and we will talk to him then.
“He is a superbly fit athlete and he would add to the panel,” the Cork manager said.
“He is very positive, a very good role model and a very good lad to have around the place in terms of the younger players, he could make a contribution this year.
“He has vast experience and these kinds of guys are going to be critical in the Munster championship, when there are four matches in five Sundays.”
It remains to be seen what conclusion Meyler, Cadogan and new Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy come to on said matter, but for now there is no doubting that, when fully fit, a return to the small ball dressing room by the experienced 31-year-old defender would be welcomed by hurling folk on Leeside.