Walsh will be part of O’Sullivan’s squad for the interpro series, which sees Munster clash with Ulster at Parnell Park tomorrow week while Leinster will meet Connacht before the Dublin venue hosts the final the following day.
O’Sullivan expects to be without a number of Kerry players, but the Corkman will be able to call on Aidan O’Mahony, who is set to captain Munster, as well as Walsh. The latter opted off the Kingdom’s panel for the 2016 Championship due to his frustration at a limited amount of playing time.
But O’Sullivan reckons the Kerins O’Rahillys man is returning to form and should be in a position to push for a place on Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s team next year.
“I think he is actually,” said the Munster manager. “It’s a very tight line between being on the team and being off the panel in any county. I was involved with Cork for 10 years and it was the same [there].
“Maybe when he came back from Australia he was brought into the panel maybe too soon. All players should be allowed to get back with their clubs for maybe 12 months and then challenge for a position on the county panel. I think he still has a lot to offer,” added O’Sullivan, who will have players from all six Munster counties to call on next weekend.
O’Sullivan expects to have five of his own countymen involved and he insisted Cork is not in crisis, despite a poor 2016 at inter-county level and mixed results for the Rebel County’s clubs in recent weeks.
“I don’t think it’s as bad as people make it out to be. The players are there, the commitment is there. I know most of them, they’re committed and professional in the way they deal with things. I think they’ll show Cork are not a spent force.”