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Sunday 4 December 2016

David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan back with Dubs in 2016

Dual player feels it is important to have Dublin presence in backroom

Dotsy O'Callaghan
Dotsy O'Callaghan

DAVID 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan has confirmed that he intends to hurl for Dublin in 2016.

The Ballyboden St Enda's player, 32, ended this summer in Ger Cunningham's starting team, having spent long periods of the year in reserve, and was one of the few Dublin players to perform strongly in their seasonal Waterloo against Waterford in Thurles.

"I suppose it is getting more and more demanding - the training and preparation and stuff," O'Callaghan admitted.

"I don't know how much higher that can go.

"But you kind of become a bit institutionalised as well, playing in it for so long. And playing for Dublin has always been a big thing for me.

"It would be very hard to just walk away from it at this stage."

"As you get a bit older, you start to try to get yourself ready for that day.

"It's inevitable at some stage. But I'm of the opinion that I'd like to keep it going for as long as I can.

"At times it can become a little bit of a chore, if I'm being honest. But I think overall, there is huge enjoyment in it.

"The lifestyle of it … you do have to give a lot to it. You're geared towards it as well.

"I enjoy going training. I have great banter with the lads. But I suppose you would be seeing a hell of a lot of the lads as well."

Conal Keaney and Niall Corcoran are the eldest members of the Dublin squad and thus, are the ones most likely to consider their futures but O'Callaghan says he has heard nothing to suggest either will walk away now.

Of Keaney, however, he acknowledged: "It's probably tougher for him. He has the two kids there as well.

"I'd say it's trickier for him than it is for the likes of me but I suppose it's his own choice.

"I doubt he's made any decision at the moment. He's playing good stuff with the club in football and he has a lot to give if he feels he can give the commitment."

Ger Cunningham is in the process of appointing at least two new selectors before beginning preparations for next year and O'Callaghan expressed his view that it was important to have a Dubling presence among them, even if there aren't a raft of outstanding candidates from within the county.

"I suppose it probably is (important) to have a couple of Dubs in there," he reckoned.

"I'd imagine that is what Ger is looking for as well and is trying to get a few Dubs on board. I suppose you would as a player to have a few Dubs on board.

"You're looking at lads who have won stuff but there are a lot of lads who have had good, long careers and have put in loads of work for hurling as well. There are a number of lads there that Ger has lined up so we're just waiting to hear back."

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