Gilroy’s battle to keep Keaney
The carrot of captaincy of the Dublin football team has been dangled in front of Conal Keaney as he weighs up his playing options for 2010.
Keaney has been toying with the idea of making a return to hurling in recent weeks and was due to inform hurling manager Anthony Daly of his intentions over the weekend.
But he is considered favourite to be the next Dublin football captain and the Blues' football management, who have had Keaney training with them over the last week, are confident that he will align himself exclusively with them.
The Ballyboden St Enda's man is one of the county's best hurlers but has not hurled for Dublin in the last four years. He helped his club to Dublin football and hurling titles last autumn.
The idea of returning to dual status has been floated but may not be acceptable to the football management.
Paul Griffin is the outgoing Dublin captain and led the side to Leinster success in 2009.
Dublin allow their managers to select their own captains and Daly has confirmed that Stephen Hiney will lead his team for the third successive year.
Meanwhile, Mossie Quinn has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his foot.
Quinn turned awkwardly at training on Sunday morning and has been forced off for up to six weeks, meaning he will miss the first two, and possibly three, league games.
It is a blow to Dublin, who are aiming to get their league campaign off to the best possible start on February 7 against Kerry in Killarney.
Quinn is one of the team's recognised free-takers and showed up well in the recent Dubs Stars game having had very little game time on the front line last season.
The Munster Council have given a tentative green light to tomorrow night's trio of McGrath Cup games.
The games, which have been postponed twice already, are still at the mercy of the weather but a Munster Council games meeting yesterday evening decided not to defer them for another two days until Saturday.