The former Galway United player is attracting interest from Cork City boss John Caulfield – but has also made his debut for the Galway footballers lately
PÁDRAIC CUNNINGHAM is weighing up the chance to play in the Champions League — or a potential shot at All-Ireland SFC glory.
Galway United are resigned to losing the striker following their relegation but it is unclear where, or even which sport, the 21-year-old will play in 2018.
Cunningham made his debut off the bench for the Galway footballers against Sligo in the Connacht FBD League a week ago.
And he was slated to start at left-corner forward against Mayo at MacHale Park last Sunday before that game was called off.
The Connacht SFC kings are keen to get him on board after he showed his prowess for club Headford in the Under-21 North Board semi-final replay last month.
Cunningham, 21, scored 2-4 in his side’s 2-11 to 1-6 win over Kilconly to book a final date with Glinsk this Saturday.
But Galway football boss Kevin Walsh is not his only fan, as Cork City supremo John Caulfield is keen on the hitman.
Top-flight new boys Waterford also had him on their wanted list but decided against a move when they heard compensation was due.
And Caulfield stayed in the background while Cunningham was still in discussions with United boss Shane Keegan about staying at the club.
But, when Keegan conceded defeat last week, Caulfield reignited his interest.
He showed Cunningham around the club’s facilities on Monday and hopes the lure of Champions League football will entice the player to the Double winners.
Caulfield has already brought in Graham Cummins from St Johnstone and Josh O’Hanlon from St Pat’s but is still looking to add to his forward options.
Seánie Maguire was never replaced after he left for Preston North End last July while Achille Campion has joined Linfield on loan, with Conor Ellis expected to move to Limerick.
Cunningham put his GAA ambitions on hold when he joined Galway United in the summer of 2014, making his debut in July of that year, aged 17.
He never quite established himself in the starting XI, scoring eight goals in 27 starts and 45 sub appearances.
As SunSport revealed last week, Galway are close to signing keeper Tadhg Ryan, 21, but he must first cancel his contract with Huddersfield Town, which was due to run until the summer.
And the club have also been linked with a loan move for Dundalk’s Carlton Ubaezuono, 19, who has made just two starts and two substitute appearances in the Premier Division.