Sunday 25 August 2019

Callanan yet to decide on his Galway future

Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway's All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Colm Callanan has yet to decide on his availability in 2018.

Callanan is mulling over his future as he admits the pressures of running his own gym have stacked up with the pursuit of his All-Ireland dream.

The 35-year-old will take another few weeks before confirming if he will be part of the Tribe's MacCarthy Cup defence.

"We'll see. At the minute we're just enjoying the moment and all the things going on, a few trips coming up. I'm self-employed with a young family so conversations will be had in due course. Right now, I'm not leaning either way."

Those pressures manifested with the cancellation of courses he was conducting around All-Ireland final time that left him playing catch-up.

"Around the time of the All-Ireland final I cancelled two courses that we would have run so I was feeling the pinch without those at the minute. To win an All-Ireland I'd go bankrupt! We'll deal with it somehow, we'll get the show back on the road again."

The Kinvara man admitted he was always hopeful that things would turn for Galway on his watch.

"You always live in hope. Sometimes it's a matter of keeping knocking on the door. The day you stop knocking it's never going to open. That was it for us. Thankfully for us, we got through.

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"You're just always hopeful. You can never guarantee anything.

In 1988, if you were to say it would be 29 years before this comes around again, people would have laughed at you.

"It's Galway's job to ensure it's not as big a gap again the next time. As for being a young man's game, the position I play has to come into it as well. There's not too much running."

Callanan was 11 years chasing an All-Ireland medal and had experience of two previous finals, including the 2012 replay when he was brought into the squad as cover for James Skehill who was injured in a final training session.

He knows the experience of 2012 and 2015 helped Galway over the line.

"I got a little insight into it when I came in for the replay in 2012. I played in the 2015 final. Looking back on it, it was one that got away and wasn't a great moment for us. The experience and the build-up was still there.

"Maybe that helped players this time around again, whereas a big chunk of the Waterford players wouldn't have experienced that."

Meanwhile, Waterford's Michael 'Brick' Walsh, named a PwC All-Star for the fourth time yesterday having won awards in 2007, 2009 and 2010, is another considering his future.

Walsh told an AIB blog that he won't be making any decision until after his club football commitments are completed.

"We're still in club championship at home. The football is running brutally late in Waterford and that's down to the hurling really," said Walsh, a renowned footballer in the county.

But it seems clear that his future is linked to what Derek McGrath is going to do as he continues discussions with the Waterford County Board.

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