Aidan Walsh refuses to close door on hurling

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Updated: February 23, 2011

Cork dual star Aidan Walsh has said that he is not ready to turn his back on senior hurling and will make himself available in the future.

Walsh is one of the county’s most talented dual players but has committed himself to the senior footballers for the last two seasons, and will continue to do so in 2011.

The player revealed that he turned down an invitation to link up with the hurlers from manager Denis Walsh at the beginning of the year, but in time he will take on a dual commitment.

“I was talking to Denis at the start of the year and I made my views clear straight away,” he said. “If you try and play too much you get injured and then you don’t play at all. I’m trying to cut down and manage the situation.

“If the opportunity came up again, I would love to try it. I have great time for hurling, I would love to hurl. I’ve no real preference really, it’s whatever way I’m playing. Hopefully next year or the year after, I’ll try it (dual status).”

Walsh said he made the decision to stick with the footballers because of the relationship he has built up with some of the more experienced players in the squad, like Nicholas Murphy and Graham Canty.

“The lads were very good to me. I would have talked to Graham and Nicholas a lot,” he said.

“It’s a good environment, one I felt that I would like to go into. I’m lucky enough it has all worked out so far.”

Walsh still expects to be available for the Cork U-21 hurlers this year, having missed out in 2010 through injury.

“Hopefully I’ll get to play U-21 hurling this year,” he said. “I missed out on it last year. I was disappointed with that. We probably should have beaten Tipperary that night, Tipp had a handy run through the competition after that.”

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