Harnedy will captain the Rebels again in 2019

Harnedy will captain the Rebels again in 2019
Seamus Harnedy is tackled by Darragh O’Donovan of Limerick. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

ALL-STAR forward Seamus Harnedy will captain the Cork hurlers again next season and midfielder Bill Cooper will serve as vice-captain.

The dedicated duo recently captured a county title with Imokilly, where they carried their Cork form into the local scene.

For Rebel boss John Meyler retaining the St Ita's club man as captain was the obvious choice for 2019.

“Seamus Harnedy has tremendous leadership qualities which he proved once again by captaining Imokilly to this year’s county title.

“So he has been a very successful captain, both in terms of at county and club level.” 

Cork travel to Boston this weekend to take on Wexford in the first semi-final of the 11-a-side Fenway Classic, with Clare facing Limerick in the other penultimate clash, the winners meeting in the final on Sunday evening. All three matches will be live on TG4.

“There’s a lot of Cork people living in Boston, so it will be a great opportunity for them, and for the wider Irish diaspora, to see the lads playing against Wexford.”

Harnedy didn't head Stateside for the game and neither did Stephen McDonnell and Alan Cadogan but both will be available next year. 

“They will be back training with us when we begin our preparations for next year at the beginning of December.

“Naturally, that’s something that we are delighted with as they are two quality players and their re-availability considerably strengthens our selection options for next year.

“And prior to the opening round of the National League, the two lads will be available to us for our two Munster League games against Clare and Waterford."

McDonnell captained Cork under Kieran Kingston in 2016 and '17 but stepped away this year while Cadogan was out with a knee injury.

“Stephen was very busy setting up his own business leadership course for organisations, and as a result he just didn’t have sufficient time to devote to training or playing matches. Now that he has got his course up and running, he’s very keen to get back playing for Cork once again.

“In Alan’s case, he had a knee injury which was causing him a lot of discomfort and, as a result, he missed most of the National League.

“Eventually, we decided that an operation on his knee was the only option to him."

Cadogan got back training a few weeks before the All-Ireland semi-final but wasn't ready to come on against Limerick though he later made a comeback for Douglas against St Finbarr's.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Meyler won't be able to call on Lorcán McLoughlin from here on.

“Lorcán was a tremendous servant for Cork for 10 years and we thank him for the great service he has given to the county. With two young kids, Lorcan is a busy man, but he will continue to play with his club, Kanturk.”

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