There was talk, late last year, of Con O'Callaghan giving it a go with the Dublin hurlers as he was unlikely to break into the footballer's 2017 championship team.
The Cuala clubman had won plaudits during their successful All-Ireland hurling club championship. The Dublin hurlers would have dearly loved him in their ranks but his heart was set on breaking into Jim Gavin's plans.
O'Callaghan is into his second full championship campaign with the senior squad. He did not feature in the 2016 championship but those that knew of him felt the breakthrough was only a matter of time.
O'Callaghan took his chance in the Dublin team once Diarmuid Connolly picked up his suspension. He excelled against Kildare and tore Tyrone asunder in the semi final. "He has taken to senior football like a duck to water," Brogan remarks.
Each time he makes the step up, he does so without giving it a second's thought.
He feels he belongs and, with each appearance this summer, he is proving he belongs.
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