Former captain Michael Shields, goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran, and Donal Óg Hodnett are set to rejoin the Cork senior football panel.
Shields, of St Finbarr’s, had been a defensive mainstay from 2007 until the end of 2014 while Bishopstown’s O’Halloran had taken over goalkeeping duties on the retirement of Alan Quirke but the pair departed Peadar Healy’s squad after this year’s national league campaign and before the start of the championship, which Cork exited in round 4 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
The42.ie now reports that the pair, both 30, are now back in the fold ahead of the start of training for the new season next month while O’Donovan Rossa attacker Hodnett, who featured at the start of the league, scoring a goal against Donegal, is also included.
Their returns offset the retirements of Daniel Goulding and Fintan Goold, both of whom have announced their retirements, while there are also changes on the sideline, with Paudie Kissane exiting the set-up.
Former Rebel star Kissane, an All-Ireland medallist and All-Star in 2010, had been in charge of the team’s strength and conditioning, but he looks set to take up a coaching role with Limerick. Former Laois footballer Billy Sheehan could take up a more prominent role in the Cork set-up as a result.
Billy Lee, who was appointed as the Shannonsiders’ manager on Monday evening, is likely to include Clyda Rovers’ Kissane, who was formerly part of the Clare set-up, alongside selectors Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne.
Lee, a Newcastlewest clubman, was previously a selector under Liam Kearns from 1999-2005 and has managed the county U21 and U15 teams. He also has experience as an U21 selector, a role he carried out for the county junior team too.
Most recently, he has been involved with Kerry clubs Austin Stacks and Listowel Emmets.
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