Dubs' dual ace Schutte eyes football switch
Mark Schutte looks set to become the latest Dublin hurler to join up with the Sky Blue footballers, writes Frank Roche.
Schutte, who declined to rejoin Ger Cunningham's hurling panel after Cuala's All-Ireland Club SHC triumph in March, trained with the football squad on Monday night. The towering 6' 4'' dual player could become a member of Jim Gavin's championship panel.
The 25-year-old was a member of Pat Gilroy's championship panel in 2011 but opted off the squad during that summer to concentrate 100 per cent on Dublin U-21 hurlers. Schutte is no stranger to Gavin, having started at wing-forward when the Dublin U-21s overcame Roscommon to claim the 2012 All-Ireland title.
He subsequently made his senior mark as a key member of the hurlers' attack, under both Anthony Daly and Cunningham.
However, along with his brother Paul, Schutte decided not to hook up with the current squad for their upcoming Leinster SHC campaign.
Other Dublin dual stars have made a similar choice by choosing football over hurling, including Ciarán Kilkenny and Cormac Costello (who never played hurling at senior level, despite overtures) and the recently-retired Tomás Brady.