Cork waiting to hear on Keane's availability for Munster Final
By John Harrington
Cork football manager, Ronan McCarthy, is still waiting to hear whether Mark Keane will be available for the Munster SFC Final against Tipperary.
Keane, who scored the winning goal against Kerry in last Sunday’s Munster semi-final, is under contract with AFL side Collingwood.
They gave him permission to play against Kerry, but Cork still don’t know if he’ll also be free to play against Tipperary.
“Not yet,” said McCarthy this evening when asked whether Keane had been granted permission to play.
“We only requested it yesterday so we’ll give it a few days but I think it’s important that he’s their player and it’s their call.
“At the end of the day here we have to acknowledge that he is their player on a professional on contractual basis.
“We are delighted with the support they have given us and given him and at some point, whenever that will be, it may become an issue and that it their right and entitlement.
“So we’ll keep up what we did the last time. As I said last week the right way to do it is ask, to formally ask for permission to use him and if not, we understand that as well because they also have to think of themselves.”