Mick O’Dwyer the GAA “Transfer” King

Updated: May 20, 2011

Wicklow manager Mick O’Dwyer is well known for making the most of the “transfer” system in Gaelic Football and unveils his latest “signing” this weekend,when former Mayo forward Austin O’ Malley makes his Leinster championship debut for the Garden County against Kildare.

O’Malley, transferred to Wicklow earlier this season, and is named in the full forward line alongside Seanie Furlong and dual star Leighton Glynn.

Kerry man, O’Dwyer, has an excellent record with his recruits from other counties and despite receiving criticism in certain quarters for his use of this policy, he has made the most of the opportunities afforded to him. In his Kildare days, he recruited Bryan Murphy from Cork, Brian Lacey from Tipperary and his own son, Karl, from Kerry. Later, while manager of Laois, the wily O’Dwyer again raided his native county and claimed wing forward Billy Sheehan.

The Waterville man has been linked with others such as Declan Browne and Declan Quill over the years, and by his own admission, he attempted to prise Kildare born Larry Tompkins from the clutches of Cork, when he was manager of the Lilywhites. Last season O’Dwyer was linked with New York forward,Dan Doona,a former Kerry underage star. However, his latest “signing” may yet prove a masterstroke and further enhance his excellent record in the GAA’s “transfer market”.

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