'We'd love to have Daniel Kearney with the Cork hurlers this season...'

'We'd love to have Daniel Kearney with the Cork hurlers this season...'
Waterford's Stephen Bennett and Daniel Kearney of Cork in action last summer. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Daniel Kearney will not be a member of the Cork senior hurling panel for 2020.

The Rebels begin their Allianz HL Division 1 Group A campaign away to Waterford in Walsh Park on Sunday but manager Kieran Kingston has revealed that Kearney, who made his championship debut against Tipperary in 2012, won’t be featuring in the current season.

“Daniel’s not involved,” he said.

“We’d love to have him involved, as would the players, but Daniel, for his own reasons, has decided to take some time out from hurling at inter-county level and we respect that decision and wish him the best.

“At this stage, I don’t think we can look at Daniel for 2020. He has been recently made captain of Sars as well and we have to respect his decision. He wanted some time out of inter-county hurling, he’s nine or ten years giving his life to it.

“We’d love to have him but we don’t and we have to move on. It gives an opportunity to someone else.”

In terms of injuries, Kingston is keen to ease back players that have been out for extended periods. “Colm Spillane has had some game time but is not fully back,” he said.

“Colm hasn’t played since the county final in 2018, that was his last game. We gave him some time against Waterford, he got some time against Limerick, it was the first time he really got a bit of game-time into him which is great.

“But it’s just a matter of incrementally increasing that as opposed to full exposure too quickly. It was his back and Achilles, he had two injuries so it took a while.

“Alan Cadogan is there or thereabouts, Sunday is probably coming too soon for him. Then we have Mark Ellis, Christopher Joyce, more longer-term injuries.

“We’ve only four or five playing midweek this week in the Fitzgibbon Cup because UCC don’t have a game.... 

we must see that they came through OK. I don’t think there’s anything major yet.”

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