Friday 28 July 2017

Henry keen on Dubs' forward thinking

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

David Henry is only too willing to embrace Pat Gilroy's new defensive mechanism for Dublin -- even if it means reinventing himself as a forward.

Henry -- Dublin's new captain after Paul Griffin's unfortunate knee ligament tear -- has been tried out in attack before, but after a more sustained spell during the league, he now accepts that it could be his future.

"All I've been asked to do is to work as hard as I can," said Henry, one of two former defenders now a constant presence in the Dublin attack as they lean towards a more defensive game.

"I really don't mind where I play, but I'm happy with the role," he said. "That might involve dropping back sometimes and trying to get forward again. We have to do a fair bit of running, but also try and judge things yourself on the pitch.

"There are no instructions that I have to go into certain places. Just see for myself where there is a little bit of danger going on and some attacking as well. There is no pressure."

Henry agrees with Gilroy's policy of shaking things up with new blood. "It definitely needed to be freshened up. When you go out to a big score in the championship -- not once but twice -- you have to change things and that's what has been done," he said.

"You know, we've worked pretty hard since early January and probably developed a bit more consistency because we've been a little inconsistent over the last few years. The mood is good at the moment."

And the disastrous defeat to Kerry last August is not something that occupies Henry's mind any more. It's a case of new season, new drive.

"When you are a player you don't think about that. For everybody else it's an issue -- the supporters and the media -- but your career is only going to be a certain length of time, so you have to look to the future and get what you can out of it."

Irish Independent

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