By Colm O’Connor
FORMER Hurler of the Year Brian Corcoran last night confirmed his return to the game after an absence of two and a half years.
Corcoran, who retired in 2001 is to re-commence training with Erin’s Own later this month.
But he dismisses talk of an inter-county return: "it is far too early to say. I have not thought about it at all." The decision though to return to his home side was much easier to make. "I am 31 years of age this year and if I did not come back this year, I would never have come back. I am making sure I made the right decision," he said.
However he stresses that he has no regrets about his absence from gaelic games over the past two years.
"I needed the break," the Janssen pharmaceutical employee said: "One of the main reasons I retired was the fact that I was just so sick of the training and sick of running.
"Then I went back to the gym to see if I was still sick of it. But I found that the break had done me good. Another factor was the fact that I moved back to the parish (Corcoran was living in Watergrasshill for a spell). I am back in the parish now and that means a lot.
The former All-Star recently spent a number of nights in the Erin’s Own hurling alley, working on his ball work and will join his team-mates at their new floodlit training facility within a fortnight. "I suppose I have a lot of work to do because I haven’t been training but I have lost a bit of weight over the past few months."
Corcoran, who won his accolades in defence is expected to line out as an attacker when he returns to competitive hurling.
"That was the carrot that was held up," he agrees. " But I used to play there about ten years ago. I played in the County winning team of ’92 with all the present selectors. They are friends of mine and probably influenced my decision."