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Griffin’s dream of a return to inter-county is over: Kenny

PAUL GRIFFIN is unlikely to be seen in a Sky Blue jersey again, according to his club manager Hugh Kenny.

The former Dublin captain has been blighted by long-running knee trouble since rupturing his cruciate ligament in a National League match against Monaghan in March 2010.

Now Kilmacud Crokes boss Kenny has played down the likelihood of a future Dublin comeback, saying: “I think that’s gone beyond him at this stage.”

Griffin was an unused substitute last Sunday as Crokes came storming back to topple holders St Brigid’s and reach another Evening Herald Dublin SFC final, fixed for next Monday night (7.45) against Ballymun Kickhams.

According to his manager, the classy defender is still having trouble “twisting and turning”.

“If we need him, he’s still there ready and available for selection,” the former Wicklow boss stressed. “He’s a fantastic fella to have around the dressing-room, to get players going. It would be nice for him to finish his career on the field, rather than standing on the sideline.”

Meanwhile, Bernard Brogan has warned that no one’s position is safe under the new Dublin regime of Jim Gavin. “I wouldn’t say anyone is safe now,” admitted the 2010 Footballer of the Year. “Obviously Jim has been involved with the U21s for a number of years so he’ll know those lads really well. There’s a few of them he’ll have his eyes on, so I’d say when we meet up next month there’ll be a lot of personnel changes in there.”

KEVIN WALSH has been ratified for a fifth year in the Sligo managerial hotseat. Last night’s county board meeting also confirmed that the Galway man’s management team will comprise selectors Paul Durcan, PJ Langton and Tommy Cradock. Anthony Brennan was ratified as U21 manager.