Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy has confirmed that corner-forward Patrick Horgan will captain the Rebels for the remainder of the season.
The Glen Rovers man will take over from veteran goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack, who confirmed on Twitter that he suffered a ‘complete’ Achilles tendon rupture. It is a season ending injury suffered midway through the first half of Sunday’s win league semi-final over Tipperary.
Horgan has been Cork’s leading scorer in the league this season and was announced as Cork vice-captain at the start of the year. The 23 year-old scored 0-09 of Cork’s impressive 1-25 tally on Sunday.
Such was the quality of Cork’s performance in Thurles, it is thought that the Rebels are now dark horses for the championship and are just one game – albeit against Kilkenny – away from winning a first league crown since 1998.
In what is his 17th season with the Rebels; the controversial Cusack was set to captain Cork for the first time in the championship this season. It is thought that were it not for politics, Cusack would have been Cork captain several years ago. There is now a strong possibility that Cusack will not wear the “blood and bandage” shirt again.