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Monday 21 April 2014

New Dubs boss Gavin looks to bring in former Ireland soccer 'keeper Supple

EVEN if Stephen Cluxton stays on as Dublin's No 1 goalkeeper next season, manager Jim Gavin is expected to strengthen his side with the inclusion of former Ireland U-21 soccer goalkeeper Shane Supple.

It is believed that four-time All Star Cluxton, currently out of the country, has not yet told Gavin if he is ready to commit to another season.

Whatever happens, it is expected that Supple -- of the St Brigid's club -- will also be part of the new Dublin manager's plans.

He went to England to pursue a soccer career in his mid-teens, but the former Ipswich 'keeper quit the professional game at a young age, returning home in 2010. He is still only 25.

He was briefly on the Dublin panel in 2010 and recalled to it by Pat Gilroy after captaining St Brigid's to the Dublin title in 2011.

But he only stayed a month at the start of last season, opting off the panel to concentrate on club football.

Michael Savage has been Dublin's second-choice goalkeeper in the past year. Another of the contenders to join Gavin's new-look panel is John Brian Carthy of St Jude's, who is the son of RTE commentator Brian Carthy.

In the past year Supple revealed that he once had an approach from Kildare about playing senior football for them, which he immediately rejected.

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