Crumlin United have managed to persuade Craig Walsh to perform a massive u-turn and play in blue rather than orange at Pearse Park next season.
The former Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne midfielder had earlier this season told the JSP that he was going to remain at LSL Senior 1A side Inchciore Athletic, a club close to his heart.
Indeed, one of the best players outside the LSL top flight last season revealed he turned down a return to the League of Ireland to remain at a club who play their home games on Crumlin’s ground.
However, it seems the player fond of a sensational strike has been persuaded he should be competing at the top end of the amateur pyramid.
The player,who shot to fame as part of Sky One’s ‘Football’s Next Star’, a competition he came third in, has agreed to join Martin Loughran’s team and will be pushing for the Senior Sunday title rather than promotion from the third tier next season.
Inchicore will be some what disappointed, but have had a very solid window and will be confident they can challenge for promotion regardless.
Such is the connection between Walsh and the club that the move has most likely been discussed between player and committee and plays out with no fall out. Not too mention there also seems to be strong links and a good bond between Crumlin and Inchicore.
For Crumlin it’s a massive boost after the departure of ‘legend’ James Lee to Lucan United. Walsh is more than an able replacement and will brings energy, skill, combativeness and goals to the centre of the park for the title hopefuls.