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Sunday 25 September 2016

O'Connor's Rebel U-turn

CORK

CORK footballers have been handed a summer boost following Alan O'Connor's shock retirement U-turn - 17 months after he called time on his inter-county career.

However, the powerful St Colum's midfielder, 29, won't be on Dublin's Allianz League final radar as he isn't due to link up with Brian Cuthbert's panel until after Sunday's decider.

O'Connor's return offers a ball-winning option to compensate for Aidan Walsh's sole hurling focus.

Meanwhile, Tomás O'Connor's decision to leave the Kildare football panel has prompted inevitable speculation of a possible future declaration for Offaly - the county of his father, 1982 All-Ireland winner Tomás.

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