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Thursday 17 April 2014

I never got chance to ask Kilkenny back for hurlers, reveals Daly

Anthony Daly

Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly has revealed how he didn't even get to speak personally to Ciaran Kilkenny before it was announced that the player would be concentrating on senior inter-county football only in 2013.

Kilkenny's U-turn on his AFL career in early January was good news for Dublin GAA but not for Daly's hurling team as football manager Jim Gavin revealed last month that the Castleknock star's focus at senior level would be on football.

"I tried his phone, left a message on his dad's phone, I couldn't get a hold of him. Then Jim Gavin announced that he was concentrating on football. I did my best to get a hold of him," said Daly yesterday.

However, Daly said he respected the decision of all the young dual players who opted for senior Gaelic football only, saying: "You have to respect lads' right to make that decision and I do respect that totally. I'm not anyway focused on that sort of thing and we have a great squad."

Daly also revealed that he tried to persuade his old Clare colleague Tony Griffin to play for Dublin after his move to the capital.

Griffin is now working as a 'mentor' to some of the Dublin players on an occasional basis.

"I was anxious maybe to get him to throw in his lot as a possible player. But then he decided he was quitting, club and everything," he said. "I was just anxious that he'd be a very good man to have around the place."

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