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McKeever applies for shock switch to Plunkett's after just two games with Parnell's

ARMAGH defender Ciarán McKeever has applied for a transfer to St Oliver Plunkett's/ER just five months after moving to Parnell's.

The former Orchard County captain secured a move to Parnell's from his native St Patrick's at the beginning of July of this year, becoming the latest in a long line of county players to move to the club from outside Dublin.

McKeever missed large patches of both the Allianz League and Armagh's eventful summer with a knee injury.

And ultimately, he played just two matches for Parnell's since his arrival.

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Yet his proposed move to the beaten county finalists is one of the list of adult transfer requests sent by the Dublin Competitions Control Committee to the various club secretaries for their consideration.

As Parnell's have not granted the request, the move will be considered at the next CCC meeting in January.

Plunkett's lost to St Vincent's by just a point in this year's Dublin SFC decider and the capture of McKeever would represent a significant coup for a team which already boasted the meanest defence in the county in 2014.Last year, Cavan goalkeeper Alan O'Mara joined the St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh's ranks while former Fermanagh defender Shane Lyons was also part of their team this year.

In the past, the likes of Anthony Moyles and Offaly defender Conor Evans have lined out for Plunkett's.

While McKeever's switch is not yet confirmed, another Ulster man has made a cross-Dublin move. Cavan forward Eugene Keating has applied for, and been granted, a transfer from St Sylvester's - where he has played since the beginning of 2013 - to Kilmacud Crokes.

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Crokes, who were beaten uncharacteristically early in both the Dublin SFC (by Plunkett's) and the 'B' Championship (by Parnell's) will be managed by Monaghan native and former Sylvester's manager, Gabriel Bannigan.

Bannigan was in charge of the Malahide team until the end of the 2013 and takes over from Conor Deegan, who lasted just a season at the helm with the Stillorgan club.

With Dublin forward Paul Mannion studying in China until at least the beginning of next summer, Keating is a potentially very useful addition to the Crokes attacking ranks.

In hurling, meanwhile, Dublin senior forward David O'Callaghan (right) has completed his move from St Mark's to Ballyboden St Enda's after the Tallaght club chose not to oppose.

O'Callaghan, also a former Dublin senior footballer, is now also eligible to play football for 'Boden.


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