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Out of the Blue - Blow for Vincent's and Dubs as Conlon leaves country

PAUL Conlon has become the first of Dublin's All-Ireland winning squad to break away after confirming that he will be emigrating to Australia.

The St Vincent's defender, who started for Dublin in both of their Leinster victories over Wexford and Kildare this summer, leaves for Oz later today and has no expected return date.

"I'm 28 so time is running out for me in terms of seeing the world," Conlon explained on the day his club kick-start their bid to reclaim the Evening Herald Dublin SFC against Trinity Gaels in Parnell Park (7.30).

"I've given four years to Dublin and I have loved every minute of it and this year just crowned it off. They are a brilliant bunch of lads and deserve everything they have achieved."

Conlon's exit throws the spotlight back to Dublin manager and Vin's clubmate Pat Gilroy, who is currently weighing up his own future with Dublin.

Gilroy will inform the county board of his immediate intentions within the next fortnight but veteran Barry Cahill says he hopes the management stay put for another crack at Sam.

"For everyone in the squad and the panel, we would hope Pat stays on," he told the Herald. "He has done a great job in the last couple of years and hopefully winning that All-Ireland will lead to more success."

Meanwhile, talks are under way between Croke Park and the Dublin County Board about the possibility of rekindling this year's 'Spring Series'. Dublin could, if agreement is reached, play their home League games in Croke Park while the possibility of Friday night matches is also on the agenda.