Wednesday 18 September 2019

Last year's medal means nothing, admits Macauley


Dublin's Darragh Macauley. Photo: INPHO
Dublin's Darragh Macauley. Photo: INPHO
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin star Michael Darragh Macauley insists he places no value on the All-Ireland medal he picked up last September because he didn't play a minute in the championship last year.

A knee injury meant the Ballyboden St-Enda's man missed a significant part of the 2017 season.

And while he returned to the match-day panel for the All-Ireland semi-final and final, he remained as an unused substitute as Dublin completed the three-in-a-row.

And even though that win moved Macauley and some of his team-mates on to five All-Ireland wins, which marks them out as some of the most successful players ever to play the game, the 2017 medal doesn't count for much as far as he is concerned.

"No, no," he replied when asked if the medal meant anything to him.

"I felt I didn't contribute, yeah. Maybe if that was my first year playing for Dublin, it might have been a different story.

"But I suppose, in the place that I was in my career, not playing in the All-Ireland semi-final, final was not where I wanted to be. Basically, not playing in whole championship, let's face it, like.

"So, no, the medal doesn't mean a whole lot to me. It's not a bitterness thing, it's just the way it was. That's the kind of cards I was dealt. 

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"I've kind of refocused to put it into this year."

Macauley is back to full fitness and has featured regularly for the Dubs in this league campaign.

He started eight of their nine games in their successful campaign, only sitting out the defeat to Monaghan by which point Jim Gavin's men had already secured a place in the decider.

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