Monday 20 May 2019

Former Dub Guckian leaves door the open on possible Leitrim switch

Chris Guckian has been in and around Dublin set-ups for a few seasons now, but never made the breakthrough at championship. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Chris Guckian has been in and around Dublin set-ups for a few seasons now, but never made the breakthrough at championship. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Like his club St Jude's in Dublin, Chris Guckian has been knocking on the door long enough.

The southside outfit are back in their first county senior final since 2009, having contested four semi-final in the last five years, while Guckian himself might turn his attention to playing county football himself next year.

Guckian has been in and around Dublin set-ups for a few seasons now. He's won a National League medal but never made the breakthrough at championship.

"In and out, a bit of training when Pillar was around, Gilroy, and then I had two league campaigns with the Dubs under Gavin," Guckian says of his Dublin career. "I probably didn't produce what I should have. Again, the competition was huge. But no, I had two league campaigns where I probably didn't show what I felt I could have. I'm at that age now where it's gone now I suppose.

"It's some set-up, it was great to be involved. I know my football came on no end - I just probably didn't make the breakthrough I would have loved to make. I didn't probably get game-time that I would have liked.

"That was probably just down to training, I didn't put the right foot forward in terms of getting picked. But again the competition was huge. The half-back line was probably the most competitive and that's where I see myself, but no big regrets. I tried my best."

He's 30 this year and while he admits the chance of playing for Dublin again may be gone, he could find another way back into county football.

His father is a Leitrim man and they have been in touch in the past about the possibility of playing for them. And he admits should their Dublin SFC title clash with Kilmacud Crokes go the right way, it's something he might consider once more.

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"I met Benny (former Leitrim manager Brendan Guckian, no relation) and we had a chat. At the same time I was trying to make the breakthrough with Dublin. I felt a new championship was coming up, there was a shop window here, if I put the right foot forward I might get another call back.

"Like, different managers have rang me at different points over the years, Leitrim managers, they obviously have a list and they go through it but no, I met Benny and I had a chat with him and John O'Mahony. It's something I did consider.

"At the time, I didn't (do it) because... why didn't I do it? Look, there was travel, I thought Dublin might still be on the radar but, more importantly, I wanted to focus on the club, Jude's. We were close, I know I'm kind of our captain and me missing trainings would have taken away maybe three or four per cent that our club needed."

"I wouldn't write it (playing for Leitrim) off, I'm 30 this year, I wouldn't write it off. We'll see what happens. I'll see if I get a phone call.

"It's something that's in the back of the mind and is there. But I'll focus on Jude's for the time being."

St Jude's have never won an Dublin senior football title and Guckian reckons they will have to upset the odds if they are to make history.

"Crokes have been the form team this year. We played them in a friendly in March and they blew us away.

" They have a lot of young lads, fit, hungry, different management, different style, very good attacking play. So it's going to be a totally different game to Vincent's, more of an experienced outfit.

"This is a young, energetic, probably young Dublin players in the making, Crokes team, so we are going to have our work cut out."

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