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Cahill's shock move

BARRY Cahill could be set to take up a new centre-forward role for Dublin for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final with Tyrone.

The former All Star defender is poised to be handed the brand new brief as Pat Gilroy shuffles his attacking deck for the last eight clash with Mickey Harte's troops.

The St Brigid's man didn't start either of Dublin's last two Leinster outings and has played his football predominantly in midfield this season.

However, management have been examining the prospect of starting Cahill in the half-forward line, as they seek to beef up their middle eight for the arrival of Tyrone.

Eoghan O'Gara's absence through a broken wrist has left a gap in the Dublin attack, although Kevin McManamon was expected to come in as a replacement following an impressive cameo from the bench in the Leinster final victory over Wexford.

However, Cahill has been trialled at centre-forward in recent training sessions and looks set to get the nod for Saturday.

If he does come in for O'Gara, Diarmuid Connolly - who suffered an injury scare over the weekend - is expected to play closer to goal alongside Bernard Brogan.

Gilroy's midfield combination will comprise two from Denis Bastick, Ross McConnell, Michael Darragh Macauley and Eamonn Fennell.