Rob Heffernan set to join John Cleary’s Cork senior football setup

Olympic medalist Rob Heffernan is set to join John Cleary’s Cork senior football backroom team for the 2023 season.

Heffernan will link-up with Cleary and Cork, who have recently added former Galway and Sligo manager Kevin Walsh to their setup.

Walsh has joined as football coach, while it has been reported by The42 that Cork native Heffernan is to come on board as performance coach.

Heffernan and Walsh join James Loughrey, Mícheál Ó Cróinín, Ray Keane and Barry Corkery, who were confirmed as the selectors for the coming campaign.

Cleary was ratified as Cork boss on a three-year-term during the summer, having taken over from Keith Ricken on an interim basis the previous April.

44-year-old Heffernan now coaches elite athletes in his field, having retired from international race-walking in 2013 on the back of a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and gold at the World Championships in Moscow the following year.

The Cork footballers will be looking to build on a positive campaign in 2022, which culminated in an All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Dublin. Cleary’s charges will face a tough challenge in Division 2 of the Allianz League, given the presence of the aforementioned Dublin, Kildare and Derry.

They face Colm O’Rourke’s Meath in the league opener, while the Munster Championship draw has pitted them against Colm Collins’ Clare outfit.

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