Big news emerging from the capital this morning is that Mark Schutte has opted to join up with the Dublin senior football squad, having departed the hurling set-up earlier this year.
Schutte chose not to rejoin Ger Cunningham’s senior hurling outfit after claiming All Ireland club senior hurling honours with his club, Cuala, on St. Patrick’s Day in Croke Park. Having made his mark as a talisman in the hurling set-up, the towering full forward was a key figure for Cunningham’s team and will certainly be missed in the small ball camp.
The 25-year-old joined up with Jim Gavin’s side this week, training on Monday night, the Independent have reported.
He could be in the football boss’s plans come championship, having featured at wing forward under Gavin in the under 21 Dublin side that were crowned All Ireland champions in 2012.
The Cuala clubman has lined out for the county’s senior footballers in the past, in 2011 with Pat Gilroy in charge. However, Schutte decided to leave the camp that summer in order to focus his efforts solely on the Boys In Blue’s under 21 hurling championship campaign.
What is Ger Cunningham’s loss is Jim Gavin’s gain it seems, as the trend of dual players in Dublin electing to side with just the big ball continues. Schutte now joins a list including star footballers Ciarán Kilkenny, Cormac Costello amongst others such as Diarmuid Connolly and more who are also all well-accomplished hurlers plying their trade for the footballers only.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we talk to Declan Bonner ahead of Donegal’s Championship opener, and preview all the weekend’s Championship action.