I saw Ronan McCarthy at a Ballincollig v Muskerry game a few weeks back. Possibly he knew then.
I have one hope only for the Cork team, and that is players that are on form are picked. Form must include club games. It can't be just form in training as how are we ever going to widen the net to get better players or ensure that we have the best team in the county on the field.
If Ronan McCarthy was looking at the same game I was, then he will get on the phone and do everything humanly possible to persuade Paddy Kelly to come out of retirement. If he is successful in that he will then make him captain. Paddy Kelly is the form player in Cork. He is young enough. He has plenty to offer. We need him. Badly.
From the club championship(I have seen many matches), I can think of very few of the current squad that demand inclusion - Tomas Clancy and Stephen Cronin are the probable exceptions. Sean Powter , Ian Maguire and Donncha O'Connor performance with Cork suggests they should be included. Apart from those five, I think the entire squad should be opened up. Far, far too many of last year's squad are not playing well enough.Not a question of ability and certainly nothing personal; just not on form.
Hopefully, as somebody else said, Ronan Mc goes to a lot of remaining games in the championship and chooses the players that are playing well. Ronan O'Toole, Micheal O'Laoire, Sean Kiely, Cian Dorgan, Ciaran O'Sullivan are players he may start with. Not saying they are better than what is there already. I cannot know that. They are good players that stand out in our club championship.