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Jason Sherlock addition is welcomed by forward maestros


Jason Sherlock and Bernard Brogan

Jason Sherlock and Bernard Brogan

Jason Sherlock and Bernard Brogan

PAUL Flynn has welcomed the arrival of Jason Sherlock to the Dublin senior football management team for 2015.

The Fingallians man played alongside Sherlock from his inter-county baptism in 2008 until 2010, when the former Na Fianna and St Oliver Plunkett's/ER was dropped from the panel from Pat Gilroy.

Last week, it was confirmed that Sherlock would be added to Gavin's management ticket for 2015, possibly in the guise of a forward's coach.

"Jason is a great thinker," Flynn told The Herald. "That's the way he played the game as well. Everything he did, he was very cute at making space for himself.


"When I played with him early on in my career, when he spoke, everyone listened. Because he usually said something that was on the money.

"I'm looking forward to working with him."

Dean Rock, another with whom Sherlock will work closely next season, was in broad agreement that the new man's experience in a variety of attacking positions at inter-county level gave him scope to improve Dublin's already effective and hugely prolific forward play.

"Obviously I would have played against him and watched him growing up," the Ballymun Kickhams man pointed out.

"He was a top class forward in his day with Dublin. He'll bring in something fresh, something new for us as well. He was always a very good finisher in front of the goal. So he has lots to bring to the table.

"He knows the game very well and I'm sure he'll definitely be an addition to the backroom team."


It is also expected that Ray Boyne will rejoin the backroom team as Head of Performance Analysis having broken a 10-year involvement with the Dublin senior set-up last year.

"I think it's great," insisted Flynn on the broader subject of change in a team widely considered to still be the best in Ireland, despite their inability to retain Sam Maguire in 2014.

"Because it's the same in any walk of life, your job or whatever.

"When there's a fresh face or new beginnings to some degree, everyone perks up. It takes them out of their comfort zone. And that's what you want. And that's the sort of culture you want to create. He (Sherlock) is coming in with fresh eyes.

"It gives everybody a spark."