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Andrews dropped by Dubs

ST Brigid's forward, Paddy Andrews, has become the first high-profile casualty of an expected cull after being dropped from the Dublin senior football panel last week.

Andrews, a championship starter for the Dubs in both attack and defence last summer, has been told by management that he is no longer part of their plans and has been released back to his club indefinitely.

Brigid's play Ballymun Kickhams tomorrow night in Parnell Park in the first round of the Evening Herald sponsored Dublin SFC, where a host of candidates will showcase their talents and hope to impress Pat Gilroy and Co ahead of a final decision being made about the makeup of the squad for the summer.

But Andrews seems set to spend the remainder of the intercounty season away from the Dublin set-up.

Despite captaining DCU to their second Sigerson Cup title back in February, Andrews did not play a single minute of Dublin's NFL Division 1 campaign, though he did feature -- and impress -- in a recent challenge match against Cavan.

The younger brother of former Dubs defensive stalwart, Peadar, Andrews has proven himself equally adept both as a forward -- where he made his name at underage level -- and as a defender, a more recent posting with his college.

Gilroy and his management team are expected to name a summer squad of approximately 35 after this week's round of club action, where a number of the successful All-Ireland under-21 winning team are thought to be pushing hard for spots.