Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy will employ greater rotation of his squad for the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign.
The Rebels begin their campaign against Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night (7pm), and Barry-Murphy will give a chance to fringe players, something which he accepts was not done over the past two campaigns.
“If you want to be very critical of us, we probably didn’t give enough players chances during the league to stake a claim for a place,” he said.
“What we want is to have competition for places in every line of the field, which is where a good team wants to get to.
“A good few players have been around the panel for the last couple of years. We’d hope to give them the opportunity over the next few weeks to see what they’re really capable of.”
Saturday will also likely see dual players Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh given game-time. Balancing their hurling commitments with football will not be easy but Barry-Murphy is keen to use a gradual approach.
“We’re looking at the overall picture here,” he said on the Square Ball show on Cork’s LifeFM 93.1.
“We knew, when we sat down with Brian Cuthbert and with the players, that it would be difficult for the players to play both, we accept that.
“What we have tried to do is work out a system where we can work with them to get the most out of them and see how it goes.”
At the end of the league then, we’ll probably review the whole situation and see how the players feel about it, most of all, there’s no point persisting with it if they don’t feel comfortable with it.
“We’ve only had them in for the last fortnight and it is hard for them. You’re switching from football to hurling and trying to get to know the other lads on the panel and trying to get used to the different types of training we’re doing.
“We’re looking towards the championship, and if the lads can be an asset to us later in the year then it’s well worth doing. They’ll certainly be in attendance in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night.
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