Aidan Walsh has committed to playing senior hurling only for Cork next season
After plenty of deliberation, talented dual star Aidan Walsh has decided that he will concentrate on hurling with the Rebels next season.
The news was confirmed by Finbarr McCarthy on Cork’s 96FM this morning and brings to an end speculation about which code the Kanturk man would commit himself to next season, having already stated his intention to concentrate solely on either Gaelic Football or hurling in 2015.
— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) October 30, 2014
Walsh tried to juggle both masters last season but admitted come the end of the campaign that he found it incredibly tough to do so and that his preparation for both the Cork footballers and hurlers suffered as a result.
Prior to last season, Walsh had been one of the mainstays of the Cork football team and won an All-Ireland with the Rebels in 2010, picking up an All-Star and the Young Footballer of the Year award in the same year.
The Kanturk man continued to play hurling for his club throughout his inter-county football career, however and as an outstanding prospect with Cork underage sides earlier in his career, there was always a possibility that he would represent the senior hurlers at some stage. Having done so under Jimmy Barry Murphy last season, he has decided to commit to the small ball game for the foreseeable future.
While Walsh’s decision will come as a huge blow to Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert, it will be welcomed by JBM as the Rebels look to bounce back from a disappointing end to the 2014 campaign after claiming their first Munster title in eight years.