Blues consider captaincy as Griffin fights way back
Published 21/01/2011 | 05:00
Dublin are not yet in a position to name a football captain for 2011 as the current incumbent Paul Griffin continues to recover from injury.
Griffin played no part in last year's championship because of a cruciate ligament tear that required surgery. And while he has made good progress, Dublin manager Pat Gilroy doesn't expect him to be back playing for another four to five weeks.
With David Henry, who stood in as captain after Griffin was ruled out last summer, away in Australia and not due back until April, the prospect of a new captain is under consideration.
"We just haven't had a squad together to decide who is captain. We don't know where Paul (Griffin) is at. He hasn't played football at all. He is still probably four or five weeks away from actually playing," said Gilroy.
Gilroy has dampened expectations about a first league final appearance in 12 years despite a good showing last year, when they won five of their seven games and just failed to qualify for the decider.
He believes a current spate of injuries and the prospect of Kilmacud Crokes advancing further in the club championship could harm them as they switch to Croke Park as a venue.
"Unfortunately for us there may be events that transpire that make that very difficult for us to achieve something in the league," he said.
"If Kilmacud go well there are quite a number of guys who are important to us, particularly in defence. That might make it very difficult for us to really perform to the maximum. Then we have 10 guys who were involved in the championship last year who are recovering from operations."
With Niall Corkery now working in London and Rory O'Carroll based in France until April, even Dublin's vast resources could be stretched. Gilroy appreciates the "high correlation" between league and championship winners, but isn't too upbeat about the forthcoming campaign but overall he thinks Dublin have now stabilised after an erratic few seasons.