Seán Óg Ó hAilpín has revealed he regrets some of the things he said during the Cork players' strikes of the 2000s.

Ó hAilpín was one of the most high-profile members of the hurling panel as they repeatedly clashed with the county board over issues of player welfare and governance. 

In a 2008 media exchange with Gerald McCarthy, Ó hAilpín questioned the team's faith in the then-manager's abilities.

Speaking as part of an interview that will be aired on The Sunday Game (RTÉ2, 9.30pm tonight) the three-time All-Ireland winning wing-back said: "The worst one was in 08/09, probably the one that there is still an aftermath to this day.

"The biggest casualty out of that was Gerald McCarthy. One of - if not the greatest - Cork greats having to step down.

"It’s 12 years on and not a day goes by... when I think back to then, if things could have been done differently?

"There are certain actions, in hindsight… I can’t speak for the other players but I know myself, I would have said some stuff that, with proper reflection, I was probably best to just keep my mouth shut."

Ó hAilpín also reflects on the role of the GAA in helping his assimilation into Irish society, having moved from Sydney to Cork at 10 years old as the son of a Fermanagh father and Fijian mother (neither a hurling stronghold).

"I was a lost kid," he said. "Came to Cork in the 80s, didn’t really want to be there. Because of my different looks and Australian accent – the locals couldn’t even understand me – it was a tough few years.

"The greatest integration I got into Irish community was I joined the local GAA club, Na Piarsaigh.

"Life just seemed to change, and open doors and windows for me.

"I still reflect now, whether would have been any other way I would have integrated properly? Probably not."

Watch the Sunday Game tonight for the full interview with Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, highlights and analysis of the 2018 Cork v Limerick All-Ireland hurling semi-final with managers John Meyler and John Kiely, and the 2017 Connacht final with then Roscommon boss Kevin McStay.