Tuesday 12 December 2017

Stephen Cluxton confirmed as Dublin captain for a fourth successive year

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup last September
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup last September
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Dublin netminder Stephen Cluxton will continue in his role as the team captain for 2016.

The 34-year-old, who took over the captain's armband from Bryan Cullen in 2012, is of huge tactical importance to Jim Gavin's men given his free-taking prowess and his accuracy from kick-outs.

The five-time All Star was confirmed as the Dublin skipper this afternoon via a statement from the County Board, which also revealed that Paul Flynn will miss the opening rounds of the National League.

The statement read: "Stephen Cluxton will captain Dublin senior footballers again in 2016, his fourth consecutive year to do so.

"The Dubs exited the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup on Sunday when losing to Longford and can now concentrate on their preparations for their NFL opener against Kerry in Croke Park on Saturday, Januaray 30 (7.0) – the Walsh Cup final will act as the curtain-raiser.

"After Sunday’s defeat in Pearse Park Dublin manager Jim Gavin revealed that Diarmuid Connolly has returned to full training but that Paul Flynn is unlikely to feature in early league rounds, with some other ‘regulars’ also afforded 'an extended break'."

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