Alan Brogan warns “it’s been coming” in conversation on Dublin forward Con O Callaghan

O Callaghan

Three years ago, a new boy is given an opportunity on the grandest stage of them all. Already renowned at Club level in both football and hurling, and at underage level for his County. Con O’Callaghan’s star was about to rise.

The 2017 All Ireland Semi Final against Tyrone and the Final against Mayo were ignited into life in their opening minutes by Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan. And if that doesn’t make you a star in the eyes of your team’s supporters, nothing will.

Since then Con has continued that rise. Though a deserved young player of the year in 2017, the following year wouldn’t be as easy for the rising star. Nonetheless, the 23 year has continued to grow, both mentally and physically as he becomes a mainstay in Jim Gavin’s Starting 15’s.

That catch, that score

In the space of three seasons, O’Callaghan has developed physically. The baby face that was once apparent seems to be fading away. The new shaved head also seems to add to his edginess. But what comes to the fore is his ever improved athletic ability. Case in point the most phenomenal catch and score from the air he landed against Roscommon in Dublin’s phase 2 game of the Super 8’s.

In last week’s broadcast of the GAA Hour on SportsJOE, Colm Parkinson discussed O’Callaghan, and that score with Alan Brogan. Both fully impressed with the move, Parkinson was surprised but Brogan? He seemed to be fully aware of his skill under the high ball.

On discussing Dublin’s concentration on high balls in their warm up Brogan explained “those cross field balls are, i suppose high risk – high reward if you get them into the forwards hands you could be in on goal. But again it’s easy sometimes for defenders to snuff them out.”

“He’s (O’Callaghan) a strong man. Even though he looks quite small in stature, he’s very well built. He’s strong in the air.”

“He’s a ball-winner, that’s his main attribute for me. He can obviously score as well but his ball-winning is fantastic, right from an early age you could see that in him.”

“There was this perception that he’s a nice footballer and a nice young lad and stuff and maybe he’s shaved the head to change that perception. But he does look a lot tougher now.

“He’s obviously going hard at the gym and that score he got where he won the high ball out in front and looked like he snapped his cruciate on the way down…”