DAVID O’CALLAGHAN POISED FOR ‘BODEN SWITCH.
DUBLIN senior hurler David O’Callaghan could be on the verge of joining Ballyboden St Enda’s for the 2015 season from his native St Mark’s.
The Tallaght club are anticipating a transfer request from O’Callaghan although it is not yet known whether they will accept and allow ‘Dosty’ to leave or mount some resistance to the move by officially rejecting the application.
O’Callaghan turned 31 last month and has committed to the Dublin senior hurling panel for next season under new boss Ger Cunningham and would understandably benefit from exposure to top level club hurling.
Mark’s finished this season in the lower reaches of Division 4 of the AHL in Dublin while Ballyboden have consistently challenged for top local honours in recent years, winning six of the last eight Dublin SHC titles and claiming a record five county titles in-a-row between 2007 and ’11.
His arrival would naturally be a significant capture for Ballyboden, who lost twice this year to Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin SHC, once in the round robin stages and again in the semi-final.
O’Callaghan was nominated for an All Star last year for his performances in Dublin’s historic Leinster title winning season though his form mirrored that of the team this season.
He began both of Dublin’s Leinster SHC matches against Wexford and Kilkenny but contributed just a single point.
By the time of Anthony Daly’s last match as Dublin manager against Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter-final, O’Callaghan was a substitute, though he did come on for Conor McCormack with just 25 minutes played, scoring a point over the remainder of the match.
Were Mark’s to reject to the application it would then go before the Dublin county board although this is not the first time O’Callaghan has been linked with the switch.
The Tallaght club lost John Kelly – then a Dublin senior panellist – to Faughs several years ago, although O’Callaghan’s exit would represent a much more pronounced blow to their ambitions of climbing back up the hurling ladder in Dublin. (The Herald)