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I HAVE A HURL LOT OF ENERGY; HURLING LATEST; Football star is back in JBM's plans for 2014.

Byline: PAT NOLAN

EOIN CADOGAN is expected to return to duty for the Cork hurlers in the coming season.

Cadogan initially made his name with the hurlers, making his Championship debut in 2008, before combining both codes for a number of seasons, winning an All-Ireland title with the footballers in 2010.

However, he opted to concentrate on football only ahead of the 2013 season and endured a disappointing year as Cork failed to collect any silverware for the first time since 2007 while the hurlers reached the All-Ireland final, which they lost to Clare after a replay.

Cork football boss Brian Cuthbert and his hurling counterpart Jimmy Barry-Murphy have already discussed the situation and it looks as though the player will attempt to combine both codes once again rather than choosing one over the other.

A Cork County Board source said last night that the matter won't be ironed out until the hurlers return from their team holiday in mid-January though with Aidan Walsh already having committed to both panels for 2014 it shouldn't be difficult for the managers to find a middle ground.

Judging by a comment posted on his Twitter account earlier this year, Cadogan appeared to be critical of the decision of Barry-Murphy to drop long-serving goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack from the squad though the manager spoke warmly of the Douglas man in a radio interview over the weekend, saying: "Any player like Eoin Cadogan would be a bonus to the panel."

Cuthbert can ill-afford to lose the 27-year-old's experience after a spate of retirements in recent months as well as Ciaran Sheehan's decision to sign for AFL club Carlton.

Just last week Cadogan spoke bullishly about the footballers' prospects despite the changing of the guard, saying: "There is a different mood in the camp, but it is exciting times in the sense that it is going to be a whole new set-up with new guys to freshen up things.

"Maybe there will be that little bit more responsibility on my shoulders, but in saying that, it's up to the guys coming in to step up.

"None of us are going to be there forever, there is always going to be change and sometimes change can be good."

irishsport@trinitymirror.com

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DUAL IN CROWN Cork ace Cadogan in hurling days and, left, boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 24, 2013
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