by Damian Dolan
Cork hurling star Killian Burke is relishing the challenge of being involved with London, and has immediately set his sights on winning the Christy Ring this year.
Burke made his debut for the Exiles at half back in Sunday's 2-12 to 1-10 defeat to Westmeath in Division 2A at McGovern Park, Ruislip, but marked it by contributing a pointed free.
But the Midleton man, who has transferred to London club side Robert Emmetts after accepting a work opportunity to move to the city, has no regrets about swapping Liam MacCarthy aspirations for Christy Ring ambitions.
"It's a different challenge," Burke told the Irish World. "You're playing against a lot of teams I've never played against before, so a lot of opponents I'm not as familiar with, but the goal is still the same.
"Liam MacCarthy or Christy Ring, the goal is to win that competition. My aspiration with London is to win the Christy Ring this year."
Burke admits that Cork's achievement last year didn't make the decision to move any easier.
"It was a very difficult decision and it wasn't one that I made hastily. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, but it just felt right to do it this year," said Burke, whose girlfriend has been living in London for the past five years.
"There was a change of management with John Meyler taking over [from Kieran Kingston], but that didn't impact on my decision at all. I'd have massive time for John."