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Rebels boss Peadar Healy to announce his League squad next week

Updated: Saturday, 23 Jan 2016 14:38 | Comments

Cork's Killian O'Hanlon gets the ball away under pressure from Cian O'Dea of Clare during Friday's McGrath Cup final
Cork's Killian O'Hanlon gets the ball away under pressure from Cian O'Dea of Clare during Friday's McGrath Cup final

Cork manager Peadar Healy has confirmed that he will finalise his Allianz League panel this weekend.

The Rebels boss will gather his players together on Sunday to let them know who has made the cut and the squad will then be made public early next week.

Cork beat Clare 1-15 to 1-09 to claim the McGrath Cup on Friday night and with a Division 1 opener against Mayo to come on Sunday, 31 January Healy has plenty to think about.

“Our League squad will be announced early next week. We’ll be gathering them together on Sunday and we’ll let them know,” he said, speaking to RTÉ Sport.

“Mayo are a good side, they’re coming down here to Cork. It’s early days yet and games in these opening rounds of the League can go any way. Hopefully we’ll be ready when they come down.

“The aim for the League is to expose more footballers to playing in the League because it’s a great ground for trying them out.

“Staying in Division 1 is, of course, a priority and we’ll see what happens after that.”

Healy confirmed that all of the 2015 squad is available, bar recently retired forward John Hayes.

This means that long-serving midfielder Alan O’Connor has committed for another season.

He came out of retirement last April and turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the drawn Munster final against Kerry.

He suffered a serious leg injury in the subsequent qualifier defeat to Kildare and hasn’t played for Cork since.

With the Munster pre-season competition wrapped up, Healy, who took over from Brian Cuthbert as manager late last year is in positive mood ahead of the League campaign.

“It’s the first bit of silverware we’ve won this year, it’s the McGrath Cup and we’re delighted to have won it,” said Healy, pictured above.

“We used 30 players in this campaign, gave them game time, introduced new players to the panel and that was a big bonus and winning was a big bonus too.

“You’d have to hand it to Clare. They came and really tested us, which is really what we needed before the start of the League on Sunday week and playing Mayo.

“Winning is a great habit, it gives players confidence and hopefully that will continue.

“We’re trying a couple of new things and they came off for us against Clare, they mightn’t come off another day, but we’ll persevere with what we’re trying to do.”

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