Football first for Cadogan despite Armagh link

Eoin Cadogan will take his first steps into coaching when he links up with the Armagh hurlers next season — despite yesterday committing to Cork’s footballers in 2015.

The 28-year-old has agreed to assist manager John Lennon and will combine the duties while lining out for Brian Cuthbert’s side.

Cuthbert responded to yesterday’s news: “I am delighted to have Eoin on board for 2015. Preparations are under way for the year ahead, and we look forward to returning to competitive action.”

Jimmy Barry-Murphy said: “We are disappointed to lose Eoin but we wish him well with the footballers in 2015. The door is always open for his return to Cork hurling, should circumstances allow.”

Cadogan’s only appearance for the hurlers in this year’s Championship came in a cameo towards the end of the Munster semi-final victory over Clare. However, he was all but ever-present for the footballers, starting in the Munster final, All-Ireland qualifier against Sligo as well as the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Mayo.

Cadogan has been part of the football panel since 2007 and joined the hurling squad the following year. He opted away from hurling in 2012 before becoming a dual player again this past season.

Cadogan has been spending more time in Armagh of late as his girlfriend Julie Davis is strength and conditioning coach to the county’s senior footballers and the Douglas man has been studying for a degree in the same field at Setanta College.

This year, Armagh’s hurlers lost to Derry at the quarter-final stage by six points. They were also relegated to the Nicky Rackard Cup from the Christy Ring competition after losing to Down in a play-off.

However, they have twice claimed the Nicky Rackard Cup in the last five years.

After Cadogan and Aidan Walsh, Castlehaven and St Finbarr’s man Damien Cahalane is the other dual player facing the decision of whether to once more split his time or stick with one code.

The indications are he will repeat Walsh’s action and commit solely to the hurlers. Cadogan’s younger brother Alan is expected to continue with the hurlers despite impressing with the U21 footballers earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Martin Clarke has confirmed he will play for Down next season, despite being recently diagnosed with Addison’s disease. The 2010 All Star moved home several weeks ago after completing a second three-year contract with AFL side Collingwood and revealed he has been suffering with the condition, which can cause muscle weakness and weight loss. The 27-year-old. “As long as I keep myself right and see a specialist, I’ll be more than willing to put my body on the line again and try have great success for Down.”


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