Rebels have sponsors in the frame

The Cork hurlers and footballers will wear O2-branded jerseys for the next few weeks under the terms of the county board’s contract with the telecommunications giant.

O2’s long relationship with Cork ended before Christmas but board sources confirmed yesterday that the sponsorship agreement covers the interregnum before a new sponsor takes over. Hence the footballers sported jerseys with the old O2 logo in the McGrath Cup, while the hurlers will wear similar gear for the Waterford Crystal Cup.

Meanwhile, Japanese car manufactures Hyundai are in the frame to take over from O2 as Cork GAA sponsors.

The car giant is one of several commercial bodies in the mix to take over on Leeside, but it is not expected that a deal will be formalised before the first county board meeting of the new year, which is scheduled for the end of this month.

The time is running short if Cork are to have a sponsor in place for the national leagues; the county footballers begin with a glamour tie against Dublin on February 2 in Croke Park, while the hurlers have an equally attractive starter, hosting Tipperary under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on February 22.

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