Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dublin recall for Rock a ‘no brainer’ insists Ballymun boss Curran

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Paul Curran feels it is a "no brainer" that Dean Rock should be quickly restored to the Dublin football squad, having been dropped prior to this year's Leinster championship.

Rock, star of Ballymun's first county senior title success for 27 years, was one of a number of players culled from the Dubs panel in May.

However, after his shooting masterclass at Parnell Park on Monday night, his Ballymun boss Curran now believes it is inevitable that new Dubs manager Jim Gavin will recall him in the coming weeks.

"We've all said it," said Curran, Ballymun manager for the last two seasons. "This year and last year he should have been out there. There are a lot of players on the Dublin panel last year... with all due respect they are not in the same league as Dean Rock.

"This was a big year for him because he had a disappointing championship for us last year towards the end. But he has been outstanding in this campaign.

"He was dropped off the panel in May and Dublin's loss was our gain because he has been immense for us in league and championship."

As regards a recall from Gavin, Rock's Dublin U-21 manager when they won an All-Ireland in 2010, Curran says it's beyond dispute: "It's a no brainer. He has to be back in."

Rock got few opportunities under Pat Gilroy's management and was limited to just a couple of appearances as a substitute in the league prior to being jettisoned from the squad.

Under Gavin, he is hoping for more chances.

"It's an open slate now. There were lads there that would have impressed Jim and Jim is a good man, he gives everyone a fair crack of the whip," said Rock.

"I worked with Jim for three years at U-21. I'm sure if he's interested in me he will give me a call."

Gavin is currently putting a new squad together for pre-season training that is likely to see some established players move on. Paul Casey has already announced his retirement.

For Curran and Ballymun, though, there is the prospect of a Leinster club campaign to entice them away quickly from their celebrations.

"It's a great honour to represent any county in the provincial championship," said Curran.

"The talent has been there. It hasn't been a magic wand or anything. It's just been organising it and working on a few things."

Irish Independent

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