ROBERT DOWNEY insists that the Cork hurdlers set them apart from the All-Ireland.
The Rebels fell 3-3 to 1-2 to Limerick in a game that took place last August.
It means they are still chasing their first crown since 2005.
Glen Rovers man Downey nailed the full-back berth at the age of 22 and insists no one at camp looked in the rearview mirror ahead of the new season.
Although he likes to play at full-back, he will take any Cork shirt that owner Kieran Kingston gives him.
UCC students have had a start to the year and race against Limerick side Limerick, Mary Immaculate College in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup next Wednesday.
College Cork is bidding for their third consecutive title – the 2021 competition has not gone ahead due to Covid-19 – and Downey said last year’s All-Ireland show was a thing of the past.
“Well, look, you’ve been back in training early and things like that so I guess you don’t really have time to think a lot about last year,” said the former Rebels side forward.
“It’s all about moving forward and if you focus too much on the past, that can affect you too.
“So it’s all about expectations.
“First of all, no one guarantees any place on any team.
“So at the start of the year you are at the bottom of the ladder and you have to work as hard as you can to get back to the starting XV.
“I prefer to play in defence. But you won’t mind about where you play.
“It is an honor to be selected to Team Cork. Playing full-back last year, that’s not really new for me. I played there before.
“But no, I’m not sure what Kieran’s plans are, where to play me or if I’m in the starting XV.
“I just have to work hard to get into the starting XV, wherever that is possible.
“Everybody is at the bottom of the ladder and we have to work as hard as we can to get back to the top.
“I suppose we’ll have to see who gets to the top of the ladder first.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/8205988/cork-robert-downey-all-ireland-final-limerick/ Cork star Robert Downey insists they have moved on from the all-Ireland final against Limerick