“He really enjoyed it but he would never push to play in there because we already had a keeper so Ray asked would we just take a chance because we were stuck anyway. Basically, we had no option so we put him in.”
Kelleher starred in goal for Cork in that competition and as he continued to grow into his new position he began to attract interest from clubs in England. Trials at Blackburn and Aston Villa would follow over the years before he finally agreed to join Liverpool.
In seven years Caoimhin Kelleher has progressed from getting lobbed in his first match in goal for Ringmahon Rangers to receiving call-ups to the Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland senior squads. But his progression from promising striker to elite level goalkeeper really began with his father’s phone call.