Wednesday 22 November 2017

New skipper Cluxton signals end to media silence

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

JIM Gavin unveiled Stephen Cluxton as new Dublin captain following Saturday night's win over Cork in Croke Park.

Cluxton, who takes over from Bryan Cullen, was described by Gavin as "an outstanding footballer, an outstanding athlete and an exemplary individual".

A regular on the Dublin team since 2002, Cluxton has previous experience as a captain, having led the Ireland International Rules team in their successful Test series in Australia in 2011.

He undertook no media duties on that tour, instead handing over the role to Armagh's Ciaran McKeever, but faced the press on Saturday night. Asked if he had a reluctance to take the Dublin captaincy because of the media requirements, he said that he had talked things through with Gavin.

"I had a good think about it and Jim assured me about my role, so I was happy to take it on board and, hopefully, I'll do the job that he requested of me," said Cluxton.

Both Gavin and Cluxton emphasised that there were several leaders in the Dublin squad, but the new manager believes that his long-serving goalkeeper is best equipped to be the main reference point.

"There were lots of guys showing leadership on the training field and on the pitch, but Stephen, for me, is the guy who is the standard bearer for the team," said Gavin.

Cluxton (left) said that his approach would be to keep his head down and work as hard as he can.

"Obviously, Jim is going to guide me as well and help me along," said Cluxton.

Dublin supporters will be hoping that he enjoys as much success as former goalkeeper John O'Leary, who led Dublin to All-Ireland success in 1995.

Irish Independent

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