Thursday 22 February 2018

Sherlock not retiring type as he aims to get back into Gilroy plans

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

The decision on his future will be made in April, but Jason Sherlock certainly didn't sound like he intended to hang up his boots yesterday.

The Dublin star has been conspicuous by his absence as Pat Gilroy's team opened their National League campaign with back-to-back wins over Kerry and Derry, but Sherlock says he knew he wouldn't be involved.

He admitted that thoughts of retiring did enter his head after last season's humiliating championship exit at the hands of Kerry, but he is retaining an open mind.

"The situation for me is that I met Pat a few times after last summer," he said. "I met him again around Christmas time. What we said was we would have a chat around April and see how things stand for both parties.

"It goes without saying that Pat is looking for new players for not just the team but the panel. He's not going to learn a whole lot new about myself so it suits both parties to leave things at the moment.


"To beat Kerry and Derry in our first two matches has been brilliant. Last year was a very disappointing end and obviously two league games don't make up a season, but it's a good start.

"It's been good for me to be away. I am still training quite hard with the club anyway. From a physical point of view that wouldn't be an issue but mentally it is probably good to be away from it."

When he won an All-Ireland medal at the tender age of 19 Sherlock could scarcely have believed that 15 years later he'd still be waiting for a second.

But he says Dublin have no divine right to expect success, while he admits the decision on his future may not be his to make.

"Until we actually win it, you can't say we can or can't win it. There's no guarantee in sport. The only guarantee we can give as players is to do all we can and believe that we can be successful.

"It's nothing about me having a crusade or anything like that. Obviously, I would believe that, with the panel we have, we haven't done as well as we could have or should have in the last number of years.

"The nature of any sportsperson is to say, 'yeah, we could be competitive'. But that is using your heart. There is logic as well. You have to use your head. Pat is looking to bring in new players. I was 34 in January so you have to be realistic about these things as well.

"I believe in the team that is there. Last year's performance against Kerry was not the real Dublin. Regardless of my situation, I know that Pat and the management will be doing their utmost to make Dublin competitive this year."

Irish Independent

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