Friday 19 January 2018

Jack O'Connor's sons seal switch to Kildare

Eanna O'Connor is moving to Newbridge side Moorefield
Eanna O'Connor is moving to Newbridge side Moorefield
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

SPECULATION that more offspring of a former Kerry manager are set to declare for Kildare will increase after Eanna and Cian O'Connor, sons of former Kingdom boss Jack, completed their switch to Moorefield from St Michael's Foilmore.

They could follow in the footsteps of Karl O'Dwyer – son of legend Mick – who moved from the Kingdom to Kildare back in 1998 before lining out for the Lilywhites in that year's All-Ireland final against Galway.

The pair, who are both teachers, made the decision to switch to the Newbridge club – who are under the management of former Carlow and Westmeath manager Luke Dempsey – after securing jobs in the county.

Eanna played U-21 and minor for Kerry and also secured a Hogan Cup success for Colaiste na Sceilge in 2009 with a late goal against an Edenderry side that included current Kildare senior Paul Cribbin.

At club level in Kerry, Eanna and Cian formed a formidable partnership for St Michael's as they secured back-to-back South Kerry titles in 2012 and 2013.

Kildare have a mixed history regarding inter-county transfers.

Along with O'Dwyer, they benefited from adopting the likes of Brian Lacey and Brian Murphy into the county set-up in 1998 but famously lost Larry Tompkins and Shea Fahy to Cork.

More recently, Seanie Johnston's switch proved unsuccessful and he returned to Cavan last year.

It remains to be seen if the O'Connors will make themselves available to Kildare or if Jason Ryan's management team are interested, having already cast the net wide for their O'Byrne Cup campaign.

Late last year, Jack O'Connor was linked with the Kildare manager's job after Kieran McGeeney was voted out but he has since been installed as Kerry minor boss as they look to secure a first All-Ireland title at the grade since 1994.

Irish Independent

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