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supple on the radar for rovers

SHANE Supple's future is the subject of renewed speculation as Europa Cup outfit Shamrock Rovers are rumoured to be considering tabling an offer to return him to professional soccer.

The St Brigid's netminder dramatically quit the pro sport over two years ago while on Ipswich Town's books, and immediately returned to the Blanchardstown club's ranks, whom he captained to Evening Herald Dublin SFC glory last Sunday in Parnell Park.

However, he has failed to nail down a place in Pat Gilroy's panel, despite a succession of impressive performance throughout the past two seasons, due to the advanced positioning of Stephen Cluxton and Michael Savage in the Dublin pecking order.

Supple has had offers from senior inter-county managers to switch allegiances and declare for a county other than Dublin, with rumours suggesting Kieran McGeeney had sounded him out about moving to Kildare.


Supple is understood to be holding out for a call from Pat Gilroy, however, and the Dublin manager now seems set to give him his chance.

"He's certainly a fella who is on our radar and clearly he's an excellent goalkeeper," commented Gilroy on Supple's prospects this week. "It's funny, there are probably four or five really good goalkeepers around at the moment.

"But he's certainly a guy who we would like to have a look at in inter-county."

Rovers used three keepers last season: Alan Mannus left mid-season to move to Scottish side St Johnstone, and for the second half of the season Ryan Thompson and Richard Brush battled it out for the No1 shirt, but both players are out of contract when Rovers' season ends next month, after their Europa League battle with Tottenham, meaning a concrete offer could be made to Supple in the short term.

LIAM DUNNE was last night appointed manager of the Wexford senior hurlers. The 1996 All-Ireland winner will replace Colm Bonnar after a prolonged search by the Wexford County board since the Tipperary native stepped down on July 2 after three years in charge.

Dunne is currently in charge of Oulart-The Ballagh, who beat fancied James Stephen's in last weekend's AIB Leinster club SHC semi-final.

KILKENNY star Michael Fennelly's start to the new season could be delayed after it was revealed he had suffered a broken wrist in Ballyhale's Kilkenny SHC final defeat to James Stephens.