Gavin loses two from backroom team
Dublin will plan the defence of their league, provincial and All-Ireland titles without two members of a backroom team which stretched into the 20s last year, with selector Michael Kennedy and head of performance analysis Ray Boyne having both departed.
It is unlikely that Kennedy, who works in Dublin City University, will be replaced, with selection duties officially resting between manager Jim Gavin, Declan Darcy, Mick Deegan and Shane O'Hanlon.
Boyne, one of the longest serving members of the backroom staff, who also worked with previous managers Paul Caffrey and Pat Gilroy, has cited pressures of work as his reason for departing after contributing to a second All-Ireland title.
Kennedy said time was also a factor in his decision to step away, noting how the task of selector with Dublin entailed 35 hours to 40 hours a week that he just couldn't give.
Dublin have a number of statisticians with Frank Roebuck, from Gavin's own Round Towers club and Seadhan Kearney helping out with analysis and stats along with camera man Chris Farrell.
* LIMERICK IT will be without 2013 Hurler-of-the-Year Tony Kelly for Sunday's Waterford Crystal Cup preliminary round fixture against Tipperary in Nenagh. And Seoirse Bulfin, a member of Clare's backroom staff, will take charge of LIT as the Banner county's All-Ireland winning manager Davy Fitzgerald may not be back in time for touchline duty.