Details of the Cork senior hurling panel for the forthcoming National League campaign have been released and last year's captain Pat Mulcahy has not made the squad.
Mulcahy has been omitted from new manager Gerald McCarthy's panel for the league, however a return for the 30-year-old has not been ruled out.
Speculation is rife that the Newtownshandrum defender, whose last outing for Cork came in the 2006 All-Ireland final against Kilkenny, is set to quit the inter-county scene but sources say it is more likely that he is taking a break to recharge his batteries.
Cork selector Martin Bowen said: "Pat has not been involved with us but as far as we are aware he has not retired. Obviously we could not pick him when he was not involved up to now."
Cork's 30-man line-up for the league includes three players who struggled to break into the county's recent All-Ireland winning sides - Mickey O'Connell, Graham Callinan and Jonathan O'Callaghan.
Interestingly, Diarmuid O'Sullivan's young brother Paidi O'Sullivan, who has developed into a fine hurler with Cloyne, has made the cut, while Conor Cusack and Ciaran McGann are notable absentees.
The O'Connor twins, Ben and Jerry, are both absent due to injury.
CORK NHL PANEL: A Nash, M Coleman, D Sg Cusack, D O'Sullivan, W Sherlock, C O'Connor, B Murphy, J Gardiner, P Fitzgerald, K Cronin, P Kelly, G Callinan, S Sg S hAilpmn, R Curran, T Kenny, K Hartnett, S O'Neill, K Murphy (Erin's Own), N McCarthy, T McCarthy, M O'Connell, K Canty, P Cronin, C Naughton, N Ronan, K Murphy (Sarsfields), E Murphy, P O'Sullivan, J Deane, J O'Callaghan.