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Saturday 19 April 2014

Gavin calls for return of the sin-bin to curb cynical tactics

DUBLIN manager Jim Gavin insists the 'black card' proposals don't go far enough if the GAA are to stamp out the more cynical aspects of Gaelic football.

And while the 1995 All-Ireland winner "broadly" endorses the changes put forward by Eugene McGee's Football Review Committee (FRC), he believes the reintroduction of the sin-bin is the best course of action and should be explored as an option once more.

"I don't think what they're proposing is harsh enough," Gavin stated. "I said that to Eugene but I know where he's coming from. It's trying to manage the sin-bin at club level because you need to balance everything up with the grass roots.

"I think their suggestions broadly are very good. I would like to see the sin-bin coming back in, if I'm honest about it. I think it's about the most punitive measure.

"In '05 and '09, managers kicked up, that's why it wasn't ran with, but I would certainly promote the sin-bin. If teams are prepared to put players down, there's only one way you can punish it – get the guy off."

Gavin's reign as Dubs boss has gotten off to a smooth start with two wins from two outings so far.

Bernard Brogan took the toss against DCU on Wednesday and Gavin plans on rotating the captaincy for the league campaign.

And while he is gradually seeing his preferred starting 15 coming together, there are still places up to grabs, particularly after Ciaran Kilkenny made himself available once more after turning his back on a career in the AFL.

"It's beginning to take shape because some players are putting in some good performances and the slots are beginning to fill up," said Gavin.

"The National League will be difficult for us because the Sigerson is the previous week. It's going to be a challenge to blend it all together."

Lacey to miss entire league campaign

FOOTBALLER of the Year Karl Lacey looks set to miss the entire 2013 National League – but Jim McGuinness has targeted a return against Tyrone for the quadruple All Star.

Lacey had surgery on a hip injury on December 22 and the predicted 14 to 16-week period of absence rules him out until Donegal's final league game, against Dublin on April 7. It seems likely Lacey will not appear in Donegal colours until the Ulster opener against Mickey Harte's Red Hands on May 26.

"He'll be missing for most if not all of the league," said McGuinness. "The operation went well and we're happy with that. He is back walking on it and he'll be back jogging on it in a couple of weeks."

Elsewhere, Paddy Codd has been named as Tipperary's football captain for 2013 and Patrick Donnellan has been retained as Clare hurling captain.

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