Cork county champions Nemo Rangers must plan without James Masters for the coming campaign as the star forward has opted out to concentrate on competing in iron-man triathlons.
The 28-year-old Bandon-based Garda joins a list of those missing from last season, including Derek Kavanagh and Martin Cronin who’ve both retired.
Masters was injured for much of the 2010 season and only made cameo appearances in both the county and provincial championships. He opted out of the Cork scene back in March of 2010 due to a lack of game-time and missed out on the county’s All-Ireland success as a result, having been involved since 2005.
Masters was a central figure in helping Nemo win five counties and three Munsters, his consistent free-taking and ability to score long-range points a feature of his play. He won three Munster medals and a national league with Cork in football as well as captaining the minors to the All-Ireland in 2000. In hurling, Masters came on as a sub in Cork’s All-Ireland intermediate success four years later.
Masters wasn’t involved in Nemo’s 0-12 to 1-8 league defeat by St Finbarr’s in Togher last night, when Cork hurler Ronan Curran re-appeared for the home side having opted out last season.
But, the Barrs, who lost to Nemo in last year’s county final, have been rocked with the news that star forward Jason Sexton’s season is effectively over.
The former Cork U21 player suffered a horrific knee injury in a recent league game against Douglas and faces a long road back.
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