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Cahill eager to get league show on road and face his Kerry demons

All Star nominee Barry Cahill believes a focus on next year's National League will be pivotal to renewing Dublin footballers' confidence after their quarter-final humbling against Kerry.

Speaking at the launch of the 2010 European Capital of Sport at Dublin's City Hall yesterday, the flying wing-back said manager Pat Gilroy has met with the players individually to discuss what went wrong and to put in place plans to improve in the new year.

"It was a tough few weeks there being a Dublin footballer after the Kerry match," he said. "Now that the All-Ireland is done and dusted, I think we can look forward to next year and get back together.

"We met up a couple of weeks ago on an individual basis with Pat and Mickey Whelan to talk about the year. It was quite positive and I think Pat and the management team are looking to change things for next year."


Dublin will open their league campaign with the unenviable task of facing the All-Ireland champions in Killarney, but Cahill believes that the rematch will help Dublin face their demons and start their season on the right tack.

"We'll be looking forward to getting going and getting started in February in Killarney," he said. "For the last few years we've played our opening games at Croke Park so it will be a bit different this year in Kerry, but there's no better game to test ourselves"

"We've been average enough in the league campaigns and it would be good to get a good campaign under our belts. If we can hit the ground running in February and March and build a bit of confidence we can take it from there."

As speculation grows that team-mates Shane Ryan and Conal Keaney may switch codes to play hurling next season, Cahill is firm in his belief that participating in both football and hurling would be too intensive for any player.

"I think it would be very difficult these days," he said. "If you are involved in another sport and missing training sessions I don't think you would be up to the same standard as if you were concentrating on one.

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"I'm sure Shane and Conal will have a chat with Pat Gilroy if they are interested in the hurlers. They are two of our better players so you wouldn't like to lose them."

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