Thursday 27 April 2017

'I can see Dublin going unbeaten for the rest of the year' - Curran

Former Dublin star Paul Curran. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Former Dublin star Paul Curran. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Paul Curran feels the chasing pack may have already missed their chance to end Dublin's 34-game unbeaten streak and he expects the Dubs to keep their record intact throughout 2017 en route to another league and championship double.

Jim Gavin's men have survived stern tests from Tyrone, Donegal and Kerry, securing a draw on each occasion, and Curran believes the Dubs are only going to get stronger.

"I don't think it'll faze them at all if they were to lose but I don't see it happening," said the former Dublin star. "We're coming into the final stages of the league and a lot of top players are coming back so there's huge competition for places.

"They all look as hungry now as they did four or five years ago and that's a serious thing to have in your armoury."

"It would have been very easy for fellas with three or four All-Ireland medals to lose last Saturday's match when they were up against it in Tralee but they all know they have to take their chances when they come."

Considering every team raises their game to play the back-to-back All-Ireland champions, Curran believes what the current crop are achieving under the "methodical" Gavin will pass the test of time and mark them down as one of the game's finest sides.

With players like Conor McHugh (pictured) maturing to the senior fold and fighting for places, Curran likens the Dubs to the great Kilkenny side which swept all before them from 2000 to ’15. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
With players like Conor McHugh (pictured) maturing to the senior fold and fighting for places, Curran likens the Dubs to the great Kilkenny side which swept all before them from 2000 to ’15. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

"We'll never see the likes of it again, no Gaelic football team will do what they've done. We're waiting over 80 years for that to happen, it'll never happen again and they're not finished yet," the three-time All-Star said.

"And when they're finished it'll be unrepeatable, it'll never be done again. It's extraordinary. Jim will be talking about Roscommon, that's the mantra and it's one of the reasons we're looking at this unbeaten run because they look at the next game and nothing else.

"He'll run a mile and a half away from talking about anything more than that. I don't think it's hanging over them, they don't operate like that. They're on such a run right now that they quickly forget about the previous game.

"They take what they need from it and move on to the next challenge. It's got to the stage where they want to keep it going, they want to win another league and go through a championship unbeaten which would be remarkable.

"We got a good run 40 years ago but aside from that no one remembers a Dublin team being so dominant, I don't know how they're doing it to be honest."

With players like Conor McHugh and Niall Scully maturing to the senior fold and fighting for places, Curran likens the Dubs to the great Kilkenny side which swept all before them from 2000 to '15.

Irish Independent

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