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Gavin calls in Supple as he reshapes panel

FORMER Ipswich Town goalkeeper and St Brigid's senior football captain Shane Supple has been officially called into the Dublin panel for 2013 after a meeting with new manager, Jim Gavin.

He will, Gavin hopes, provide realistic competition for first choice Stephen Cluxton who this week was the subject of renewed speculation about his inter-county future following his own meeting with Gavin.

However, the Herald understands that Cluxton will be available to the new manager in the New Year and that Supple will go head-to-head with last year's Ireland International Rules captain for the Dublin number one shirt, with Michael Savage dropping out of the equation.

Supple was twice involved with Pat Gilroy's squad, although only for brief stints and he remained behind Stephen Cluxton and St Vincent's stopper Savage in the Dublin pecking order.

Gavin has met with most of the 2012 Dublin squad to outline his plans and expectations for next season and already, Savage has been told his services are not required.

Somewhat more surprisingly given the relative dearth of viable midfield options, Eamon Fennell has also been cut adrift by Gavin.

The St Vincent's midfielder started Dublin's last match, their All-Ireland SFC semi-final defeat to Mayo at the beginning of September but he represents the one established member of Gilroy's brigade to be told he is not wanted by the new regime.

Fennell started all five of Dublin's Championship matches this year and five out of seven in their Allianz League Division 1 campaign, firmly establishing himself as one of Gilroy's favourites, particularly with the former manager's decision to relocate Michael Darragh Macauley to the half-forward line.

Most likely, Fennell's omission will see a return to the engine room for the 2011 All Star while Denis Bastick will also return for the 2013 season and this year's U21 standout, Emmet Ó Conghaile is set to be given a chance to nail down one of the two centerfield spots.

Outside of that, Ross McConnell and St Jude's powerhouse Colm Murphy were the only other midfielders in the Dublin squad last year and Gavin may, at some point, choose to experiment with Paul Flynn in the middle at some point.

DUBLIN senior ladies footballer, Sineád Goldrick, has been included in the shortlist for the 2012 LGFA Senior Player of the Year alongside Cork duo of Briege Corkery and Geraldine O'Flynn.


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