Cadogan opts to stay with hurlers

Alan Cadogan

Alan Cadogan will not feature for the Cork senior footballers in 2015, having chosen to focus on hurling next season.

There was speculation on Leeside that Cadogan might join older brother Eoin on the football selection next year, but he is understood to have met the senior football management in recent days and informed them of his decision.

Cadogan starred for the Cork hurlers last season but is a highly regarded footballer as well, with the Douglas man viewed as one of the top forwards in Cork club football.

He will have a new coach with the Rebel hurlers next year, with Mark Landers due to be ratified as outgoing coach Kieran Kingston’s replacement at the next meeting of the Cork County Board.

Meanwhile, Brian Cody has given no indication that 2015 will be hisfinal season as Kilkenny hurling manager, according to county chairman Ned Quinn. Cody communicated to Quinn last week his desire to remain at the helm for a 17th consecutive campaign, informing the board chairman he would not commit beyond the end of next year.

Quinn welcomed the desire of the James Stephens native to stay on, believing the continuity brought about by his reign was central in their return to hurling’s summit this September.

“No, he gave no inclination this might be his last year,” Quinn said.

“Every year since his first year back in 1999, the board have left it to Brian at the end of the season to decide on his future.

“In his 16 years as manager, we have been to 13 All-Ireland finals. Whether we won the All-Ireland or didn’t even reach it, we have left it to Brian to decide. It will be the very same at the end of 2015. He will make up his mind and come to us. We don’t go to him.”

That said, Quinn is understandably delighted with Cody’s decision to continue

“It is great news for Kilkenny hurling that this man wants to continue. Every Kilkenny hurler aspires to play under this man.

“When you have someone who has brought such levels of success to the county, you want to hold onto him.

“There is merit in continuity. Players like it, as does everyone else. No one wants to see the chopping and changing of managers every second year. We are blessed that hasn’t been the case in Kilkenny.”

Cody will again be assisted by Mick Dempsey, James McGarry and Derek Lyng next year.

“For those that don’t know him, that don’t know the Brian Cody story, Brian’s late father served as chairman of the James Stephens club for 16 years,” Quinn added.

“Brian was born into a hurling family. He was hurling from the time he was able to walk. He has been involved in hurling in one way or another all the way up along. Hurling has been his life. It is a love of hurling he has more than anything else.

“Brian’s philosophy is that you play what is in front of you. He has never spoken in numbers, in records or anything like that. That doesn’t interest him. That is an asset of his.

“The 2014 All-Ireland was up for grabs, we won it. We had our medal presentation over the weekend and as far as Cody is concerned 2014 is now over.”

Meanwhile, Quinn believes Galway’s failed application to join the Leinster minor and U21 championships was “very poorly dealt with” by top-brass.

He said: “It was thrown on delegates the first night when they hadn’t heard anything about it.

“We have already accepted London, Antrim and Galway at senior level. There are other counties in Leinster who feel they should be playing in the senior championship and not those aforementioned counties.

“I didn’t hear anyone setting out the road map for the All-Ireland minor and U21 championships. You have to start from the All-Ireland final and work back.

“A change like that has implications for All-Ireland quarter-finals and semi-finals. There was no plan presented as to how the minor or U21 championship would progress consequent to Galway participating in Leinster.”


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