Saturday 16 February 2019

Sherlock never left set-up and Connolly not back with us - Gavin

Dublin forwards coach Jason Sherlock. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin forwards coach Jason Sherlock. Photo: Sportsfile

Jason Sherlock was never off the Dublin management team and Diarmuid Connolly has not been engaged in recent one-to-one training sessions with the county's high performance manager Bryan Cullen. So confirmed Jim Gavin on Saturday night.

Sherlock's presence in Tralee contradicted reports over the preceding 36 hours that he was gone from his role as a selector.

And the Dublin manager also contradicted reports of his supposed dissatisfaction over the RTÉ programme 'Jayo', aired in late December.

"I thought it was an excellent documentary. If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend it," Gavin said.

"Jason was very brave to do what he did and we're very proud of him. If you can watch that documentary without getting emotional, well then you've got a heart of stone so it's well worth viewing."

Asked about the alleged Connolly-Cullen link-up, he replied: "I can confirm that that's certainly not the case."

However, Connolly's return to the St Vincent's team for a Saturday morning challenge match against Ballyboden St Enda's, will only add to speculation about a possible Sky Blue comeback.

"If any player wants to volunteer their time for inter-county football, we'll always look at them and the door has always remained open for any player who has either been with us in the past or wants to join us," said Gavin.

"I think you saw players there tonight putting their hand up for a jersey, and we'll continue to look at the Sigerson in the coming weeks and club games next weekend and see who we can bring in."

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