Cork hurler Tom Kenny has paid tribute to dual star Eoin Cadogan’s dedication ahead of next weekend’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Galway.
“In fairness to him, he’s doing very well in juggling them both for the last few years. He’s helped by the fact that he has two very accommodating managers.
“It can be difficult. In my first year hurling with Cork I was doing both but I played football against Limerick and we lost, and then a decision had to be made. I’d always enjoyed hurling more than football so I chose hurling but in fairness to Eoin, he’s doing well and managing it well.”
Kenny added the Cork footballers probably had a better chance of winning an All-Ireland title at present.
“He played almost all the league games in both codes apart from one weekend when there was a clash, the same in the championship.
“The footballers have a very strong panel and being realistic, they’ve probably had a better chance of winning an All-Ireland the last couple of years than us, and it might be the same for the next couple of years.
“That’s probably on his mind — that he could pack one [team] in next year and they could go on and win an All-Ireland. He’s playing well with both teams, he’s dedicated and he looks after himself — if he were bluffing and trying to hoodwink people at training he’d be found out soon enough.”
Kenny himself confessed to some regrets about his own choice.
“I would have liked to stay involved with the footballers a bit longer. We lost to Limerick and myself and Sean Óg [Ó hAilpín] packed it in the next week.
“It would have been nice to play the football, but I’m from a junior club and would have been playing divisional or colleges as well, so there would have been a team or two extra to contend with.
“And the footballers were going through a revolution at that time, for want of a better word, and they probably needed a shoulder to the wheel rather than somebody who’d be off with the hurlers a couple of weeks and coming back in to find his feet again.
“Eoin’s been involved with the footballers for a few years so he knows the set-up, how they play, so that’s a help. It would have been nice to play more football, but it’s great to see them go on and win so much, and hopefully they’ll do the same this year.”
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