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Day of the dual player is now over: JBM

CORK hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has rubbished rumours of unrest in the Rebel camp.

Speculation of alleged discord arose after dual players Eoin Cadogan and Damien Cahalane opted exclusively for the Cork footballers this season.

But Barry-Murphy - himself one of the most decorated dual stars in Cork history - has countered that morale is "first-class" while arguing that playing both codes at the highest level has become virtually impossible.

"There was a question about the elephant in the room and there being unrest in the camp. There's certainly no unrest in the camp where the playing personnel are concerned," JBM insisted.

"The whole atmosphere around our team and our backroom and training and the way it's going is excellent, and morale is first-class.

Demanding

"I think people in Cork are entitled to be demanding of the team, and they're entitled to ask questions about why players are opting for one game over the other.

"I have no problem answering questions in relation to that and I will answer questions as honestly as I can.

"But I would just like people to be more appreciative of the fact that it's a difficult job and we'd like to be more successful at underage level," added the Rebel boss.

On the question of losing Cadogan and Cahalane (son of former Cork footballer, Niall), Barry-Murphy said he was sorry to lose them but added: "From being involved last year, the simple fact is that the back door system at club and county level has changed the situation completely and it's impossible to play both games at the highest level now.

"I saw the training we tried to do last year with Eoin and the fact that both teams made the league finals made it impossible for him, and it's understandable that a player would make a call at this stage.

"When people ask me about comparing the situation to when I played, there is no comparison," stressed the man who won an All-Ireland football title in 1973 before adding five All-Ireland hurling medals to his collection.

"We'd love to accommodate them if a player wanted to do so and was willing to do so, but in both cases they felt they'd have to commit to football."

Cork face Waterford IT this Saturday in Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final action at Páirc Uí Rinn (2.0). Kerry play Limerick IT tonight in another of the quarters while it's Clare v UL and Tipp v Limerick over the weekend.