By Damian Dolan.
If Paul O’Donoghue had a hint of envy as he watched London’s footballers reach a first-ever Connacht final last year, and Philip Butler in particular, then it doesn’t show.
Back in London after five years in Kerry with Austin Stacks, Round Towers is O’Donoghue’s sole focus and the midfielder is promising a big year ahead with them. London is not on his radar.
With Tyrone All Star Cathal McCarron also on board, the south Londoners could be the dark horses of this year’s championship, or at the very least cast off their well earned reputation as London’s relegation play-off specialists.
Catford-born, O’Donoghue was on Tottenham Hotspurs books for five years before being released in 2005, disillusioned with soccer. He turned to his old club Round Towers and Noel Dunning did manage to tempt him into a London jersey in 2007 – he lined out in midfield in a 1-12 to 2-5 Connacht Championship defeat to Leitrim at Ruislip – however current boss Paul Coggins faces a harder job to convince him to pull it on once again.
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