It will be strange not to see Davy Fitzgerald patrolling the sideline at inter-county level next year.
The 50-year old has managed a team at that level in every season since 2008, spending time in charge of Waterford, Clare, and most recently Wexford.
When he left the Leinster county earlier this year, it was expected that he would take a different job for 2022. Despite coming close to getting the Galway gig, it soon became apparent that we would not see him take a team in the new year.
However, it has since been confirmed that he will be instead taking up a coaching role with the Cork camogie team. It was a somewhat unexpected move, but Fitzgerald will bring a huge amount of experience as part of Matthew Twomey's coaching team.
Davy Fitzgerald clarifies Cork Camogie role
Speaking on RTÉ's Today Show, Fitzgerald clarified what role he will be filling with the team for the year ahead.
I will be helping Cork camogie a small bit next year.
I've committed to one or two days a week as coach. It’s great I don’t have to manage. Managing, it could be 50, 60 hours a week. People don’t realise how much goes into it, it’s pretty crazy. Wexford would definitely have been 50, 60 hours a lot of the time.
Here I get to come down with Matthew and coach once or twice a week and help them as much as I can. I'm looking forward to that, it’s different.
I’m delighted to come down and help out. If we train in Mallow, that’s less than an hour from the house. Probably down to Cork City, it’s an hour and a half at the most, if we do it.
I’m looking forward to it...
I’ll go in and give the girls as much of a hand as I can. Two days a week, it’s not bad either.
Hopefully they’ll get something out of it and the people of Cork, I’m looking forward to working with as well and we’ll see how we get on. Interesting times ahead.
I won't be probably as committed as I would have been in other years. There's a few things privately happening at home that I've to deal with.
But, you know what, I'll always be tied into the GAA some way.
Cork fell just short of winning the All-Ireland in 2020, losing out by three points to Galway in the final.
Having not won the competition since 2018, they will be hoping that Davy Fitzgerald will help get them over the line next year.