Cork’s Aidan Walsh will commit to just one code at inter-county level next season after admitting his dual playing days are over.
The Kanturk man conceded he wasn’t able to give either the Cork footballers or hurlers 100% this past season and will make a decision on what team to line out for in the coming weeks.
“Overall, it was very difficult,” he said. “It’s something I can look back on and say I did it, but I don’t think I have any intention of doing again it for the coming year, or for the rest of my career. I’d say I’ll just try to focus on one of them. You can ask me the question ‘which one will you play?’ but I don’t know yet. I’m weighing up the pros and cons of the whole thing because it’s a very hard decision to make, especially with Cork, who are very strong in both of them. There are two very strong panels and it’s a very hard decision to make and one I will have to really think about of the next few weeks.”
The 24-year-old revealed he apologised to Jimmy Barry-Murphy as he was substituted after his below-par display for the hurlers in their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tipperary.
“To put in such an effort all year, and then leave yourself down on the big day with 70,000 people there, and big, huge support from Cork, was very disappointing. My response to that was ‘never again’. I’m not putting myself in that position again.”
Walsh also said whatever call he makes will likely last for the remainder of his inter-county career.
“My career now and the age I’m at, I’d say whatever one I pick could be the one. I can’t really say but I’ll try and stick with it for a few years and get the most out of myself and get to the best quality you can get to. That is just taking it year by year and game by game. Whatever code you pick, you mightn’t get on the team at all, but we’ll see, play it by ear.”
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