"Everyone is training very hard and there is loads of competition. There was a lot of lads used in the League so it's hard to know what kind of a team will be picked. Everyone thinks they will be playing and that's a good way to be." Cork have a new manager this season in Ronan McCarthy, they won three out of their seven games in the League and maintained their Division 2 status. McCarthy is a former Cork footballer and Kerrigan is enjoying his approach to management. Ronan McCarthy is in his first season as Cork manager "He encourages the lads to make their own decisions and play what's in front of them. There is nothing very structured, he wants the lads to play what they see and be competent footballers. They are a young side and he wants them to express themselves." Cork won the All-Ireland in 2010 but have since fallen down the football pecking order both and rarely feature when pundits make their predictions for Sam Maguire. "The reality is we are a Division 2 Strength Training team so we are probably considered outsiders for the Munster Championship along with Tipperary. "Cork are probably only considered a top 12 team at the moment but there are lots of teams in Division 1 and 2 who would think they could beat any team on their day." Cork were due to play Dublin in a challenge game on Friday but the game was pulled at short notice as it broke Rule 6.41 (b) which specifies that challenge matches played after the conclusion of the National League must only played on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  "They were really looking forward to it and then it was pulled.

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