Larry still wants to play

WEXFORD hurler Larry O’Gorman has offered his services to the county side for another year. But on one condition.

The 35-year-old revealed he is not prepared to sit on the bench for a lengthy period like last season without getting an opportunity to prove his value to the side.

"I am not going to carry on like last year and sit on the bench, going without a game until the closing group game of the national league. I had contemplated retiring then but received a late opportunity which I grasped," said O'Gorman. "I don't know where I stand at the moment with manager John Conran. I made myself available for recent trials but was not included in the various squads.

"Conran told me to go away and take a rest like last year and just do some gym work and he would talk to me in the new year. I am doing some running and gym work but that's as far as I've got at the moment."

O'Gorman has been an ever present in the Wexford senior hurling squad since 1987.

"I don't want to get to the stage where they will be announcing my retirement for me. I would like to be told whether I had anything to offer but as I stand at the moment I don't know if I'll get a call or if I'm wanted.

"I want to play for Wexford. My heart and head is still very much in it. It's difficult to walk away from something which has been part of your life for so long, but whether my legs are up to it I just don't know at the moment."

The Faythe Harriers defender, who has also excelled in midfield, still remains loyal to the cause.

"It's not just about me, it's about Wexford hurling, but I'd love to hang in and keep going, but whether that would be of benefit to Wexford hurling is for others to decide." "After the team holiday to San Francisco in January, John Conran has said he would sit down and talk things over with myself, Liam Dunne and Larry Murphy. Perhaps that's when my fate and the fate of others will be decided," said O'Gorman.

Meanwhile Derry midfielder Anthony Tohill has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

The Swatragh man, a four-time Allstar, and All-Ireland winner in 1993, and as well as a former International Rules captain, revealed that injury problems was the "primary reason" behind his decision.

Tohill had knee surgery last Christmas and then trained intensively to play some part in the championship.

"I don't think you are going to see me in a playing capacity again," he said. "I played the Championship for Derry and for my club. My last game of football was a club championship match against Castledawson."

Tohill also said that he had been putting his health in danger by continuing to play over the last few seasons, and playing on would only put him at even "greater risk".

Oisin McConville will miss Armagh's McKenna Cup and National League campaigns after undergoing a back operation in England last weekend.

The ace marksman had surgery to repair a prolapsed disc at Harpenden Hospital, Hertfordshire, before returning home a few hours later.

Armagh manager Joe Kernan confirmed that McConville will miss the early part of the new season, but expects him to be back in the fold for the Ulster championship.

"He needs a spell of rest and recuperation and hopefully he will be back firing on all cylinders before the championship comes around next year," Kernan said.

Kildare manager Padraig Nolan's Leinster title aspirations have suffered a bad blow with the news that Sarsfields' full forward Stuart Mackenzie-Smith has emigrated to Canada, where he will spend 12 months working.

The Cork senior football selectors have organised a trial game for Saturday next at Ballincollig, at 11.45am.

The panel is noteworthy for the inclusion of former seniors Ciaran O'Sullivan, Podsie O'Mahony and the 1999 captain Philip Clifford.

The following players have been asked to attend not later than 11am.

P. O'Shea (St. Vincents); P. Quirke (Valley Rovers); P. Mackey, B. Coleman, P. O'Driscoll (Youghal); N. McCarthy, P. Nealon (O'Donovan Rossa); L. Collins, A. Sheehy (Castlehaven); D. Duggan, J. Sheehy, K. O'Sullivan (Ilen Rovers); M. O'Shea, K. McMahon (Carbery Rangers); P. O'Mahony, J. Miskella (Ballincollig); J. Kavanagh, J. Masters (Nemo Rangers); R. O'Mahony, J. O'Donoghue (St. Finbarrs); C. Dineen, F. O'Sullivan (Douglas); D.Wiseman, A. O'Regan (Castletownbere); P. O'Neill, J. O'Connell, K. O'Connor (Aghada); D. Barron, P. Clifford, J. Canty (Bantry Blues); P. Kissane (Clyda Rovers); J. Spillane (Ballygarvan); C. O'Sullivan (Urhan); K. Murphy (Erins Own).

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