Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Callaghan open to Dublin return

Dublin veteran David ‘Dotsie’ O’Callaghan has left the door open on a return to the county’s hurling set-up next year. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin veteran David ‘Dotsie’ O’Callaghan has left the door open on a return to the county’s hurling set-up next year. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin veteran David 'Dotsie' O'Callaghan has left the door open on a return to the county's hurling set-up next year.

The St Mark's clubman endured an injury-ravaged season but made it back for the end of the Dubs' disappointing championship campaign that saw Ger Cunningham's three-year term as manager come to an end.

A successor to the Corkman has yet to be appointed but O'Callaghan, who turns 34 later this year, insists he is open to another year with the county side if he is called upon.

"The lads are probably sick of hearing me saying, 'I'm packing it in' or whatever," he said at the launch of the Applegreen Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Sevens.

"It was great to get back playing this year in the couple of games. I know it didn't go too well for the team overall but it was great to get out there again and I felt I was starting to get up to a really good level coming up to the Tipperary game.

"Obviously I got to feature in that, but overall for the team it was disappointing. Look, ultimately we'll see who comes in and obviously if they want you onboard.

"If I'm in a position where I have the appetite I suppose towards the end of the year and the want to do it, we'll wait and see then."

Dotsie returned to St Mark's from Ballyboden this year and he insists he is fully fit after requiring an operation on his back.

"I had the back surgery last November so I suppose I didn't really want to finish it like that. I was hopeful of getting back. It was just slow to be honest, I had to do a lot of strengthening work to get in shape to rejoin the squad. I didn't get back to the squad until April really.

"It was a short run to the championship and I suppose from my own point of view it was nice to get back and pull on a Dublin jersey.

"But obviously overall it wasn't that much of a successful or enjoyable year as regards to the overall team and how we did."

Irish Independent

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