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Time to move on

CONAL KEANEY has called on Dublin's downbeat hurlers to "consign this year's league to history" after their relegation disappointment in O'Moore Park last Saturday.

Dublin ended a difficult spring with a deflating 14-point loss to Galway in Portlaoise, a result which leaves their competitive 2012 record reading: played 8, won 0, drawn 2, lost 6.

“I think we should now mostly consign this year's league to history and instead look forward to the club championship and focus on performing in these upcoming games,” writes Keaney today in his column for the Evening Herald.

“I am not arguing that we ignore what has happened to us so far this year, a run that has failed to result in a single victory. By all means we need to reflect and see what lessons we can learn from some of the narrow defeats but that is where we draw the line. There is no point over-dwelling on the past.”

The ’Boden powerhouse is primed to make his own comeback from cruciate and lateral ligament tears for the Firhouse club against St Vincent's this Saturday at Parnell Park in the Dublin SHC ‘A' and he stressed the need for consistent club form prior to Dublin's assault on this year's Leinster SHC.

“This Dublin team keeps evolving, learning, and striving. Going back to our clubs will freshen up everyone before we start our Championship preparations where, at this stage, nearly every place on the team is up for grabs. It's from now on that the management will be looking for players that are good enough and in form to represent Dublin against Laois or Carlow. I for one can't wait for it.”