Murphy admits she could come out of retirement for Rebels

Cork’s Juliet Murphy has not ruled out a return to the inter-county scene.

The seven-time All-Ireland medal winner announced her retirement from ladies football last month, but admitted she has been regretting the decision since.

Murphy, whose inter-county career spanned a decade, revealed that if the call came from manager Eamonn Ryan to once more don the red and white, she is unsure what her reply would be.

“I suppose it is particularly difficult when you announce a retirement. Going back you are leaving yourself open. I don’t know, I couldn’t answer that,” she said.

“People have been asking me how I plan on filling the void and there is certainly a void, but I’m not too keen to put anything in place at the moment, let nature take its course and see what happens.”

The Donoughmore native, who captained the Rebels to their first ever All-Ireland win in 2005 as well as the 2006 and 2007 triumphs, said it was particularly tough to watch her former team-mates lose successive games to Kerry in the recent Munster championship.

“It was difficult. I felt I wanted to shout them on more. I was at the first round game in Cahersiveen. When we got the goal at the end I was sitting on the bank and I jumped up and punched the air, but then the final whistle went.

“I suppose when you are playing you have an awareness of the time that is left, I just thought we might have had another chance to get a goal. I suppose these things happen. I won’t say it’s frustrating but you are willing the girls on knowing how good they are and their potential.

“You’re always going to have regret. It has been particularly difficult seeing the girls lose the Munster final and to say maybe that I didn’t expect that to happen. I saw the girls in the league and I thought the team was particularly strong. I did know Kerry from last year, they were coming into the game wounded, so to lose to them twice is worrying, but I certainly know the girls can bounce back from that again. They are a team that have an abundance of talent and that can bounce back.”

The All-Ireland champions return to action on August 10 for the second round of qualifiers.


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