Thursday 18 October 2018

Kenny predicts 'exceptional' O'Callaghan will get better

Kenny thinks O’Callaghan can get even better in both codes over the next seven to eight years. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Kenny thinks O’Callaghan can get even better in both codes over the next seven to eight years. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny has hailed the "exceptional" Con O'Callaghan after he brought his year to an end with a seventh title between club and county in hurling and football.

Cuala retained their Leinster crown, allowing O'Callaghan to add to the Dublin and All-Ireland club titles he had already won since March and the Leinster and All-Ireland U-21 and senior titles with Dublin.

From 22 matches played across both codes and all grades he was on just one losing team, Cuala footballers Dublin quarter-final loss to St Jude's.

From nine hurling matches with Cuala he has scored at least a goal in seven, missing out in the All-Ireland final against Ballyea (he still assisted for both Cuala goals) and the Dublin final against Kilmacud Crokes.

In all he scored 8-17 from play in those nine hurling games to add to the 7-46 (0-25 from frees and a penalty) plundered from 13 football matches played between Dublin and Cuala.

"Obviously I don't like individualising players or speaking about individual players too much but Con is an exceptional sports guy, an exceptional hurler and an exceptional footballer. He's after having an exceptional year.

"He's a very, very grounded young lad, he's in peak physical condition," continued Kenny.

"From a hurling point of view we only have to work on skills with him so he doesn't have to do any physical training."

And Kenny thinks O'Callaghan can get even better in both codes over the next seven to eight years.

"As a player, if you think you've arrived, then you're dead in the water, aren't you?

"Con, I'm sure every day he goes out, every day he gets up, he's going to see what he can do to improve himself.

"The guy is only 21 years of age, he's got six, seven or eight years at his peak in front of him, up until his late 20s."

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