IT IS the subject of much head-scratching in certain corners of Dublin that Shane Supple hasn't yet established himself on the county panel.
However, Pat Gilroy has given the St Brigid's goalkeeper hope of a call-up after a string of exceptional performances for his club this year.
Supple's displays between the sticks in captaining the Blanchardstown club to their second Evening Herald Dublin SFC title last Sunday have caught the eye of Gilroy, who revealed there were "two or three players" who stood out over the length of this year's competition, and would be duly rewarded with a crack at making his squad when inter-county activity resumes in January.
And commenting on Supple, Gilroy revealed the former Ipswich goalkeeper was "a guy we would like to have a look at in inter-county".
"We've asked Shane out several times," said Gilroy, who named Supple on the bench for Dublin's opening Allianz League Division 1 match of 2010 against Kerry in Killarney.
"He had injuries and then he wanted to concentrate on doing his Leaving Cert in 2010.
"He's certainly a fella who is on our radar and clearly he's an excellent goalkeeper. It's funny, there are probably four or five really good goalkeepers around at the moment," he added of Dublin's bounty of fine net-minders.
"But he's certainly a guy who we would like to have a look at in inter-county."
Gilroy conceded that the majority of the players who impressed in this year's championship were already part of his panel, but said there would be a window early in the year to try out promising club players and members of the All-Ireland U21-winning team of 2010.
"There were certainly two or three guys who weren't on our panel who I thought played exceptionally well and we'll certainly have a look at them in the O'Byrne Cup," he explained.
"Then there are other fellas who didn't get a chance with their club because they went out early. They will certainly get a look in too.
"There were definitely two or three who I thought were exceptional."