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Cullen hails Gilroy decision to return for another year

PAT GILROY'S most trusted lieutenant has hailed his decision to accept the challenge of winning back-to-back All-Irelands after the St Vincent's man was returned for a fourth year as Dublin manager last night.

Bryan Cullen, who was given the captaincy by Gilroy this year, praised his manager for implanting the confidence within the squad which culminated in Cullen lifting Sam Maguire on September 18th and set his sights on repeating the feat in 2012.

"I suppose since Pat took over in '09, he has really given us great belief," Cullen revealed.

"From day one when Pat came in he said that Dublin had the players to win an All-Ireland and he really instilled that in us from day one and I think that stood to us."

The Skerries Harps man also acknowledged it would have been "very difficult" for a new man to take up where Gilroy left off had he decided to call it a day.

Gilroy met with Dublin county board officials yesterday evening where he outlined his desire to stay a fourth year and was later ratified by a full county board meeting.

But despite predictions that he would accept a longer term, Cullen wasn't surprised by Gilroy's decision to take on just one more year.

"I don't think people realise the huge demand that goes with managing a county team," said the Skerries man.

"Pat has a very young family and he has big work commitments as well. So I think on that basis, it's probably best just to take it year-by-year."