Stephen Cluxton enjoys first start after Dubs return

Stephen Cluxton: First Dublin start since 2020 All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile

Colm Keys

Stephen Cluxton has wasted no time in getting back into action since his shock return to the Dublin squad, a decision that first surfaced on Sunday.

Cluxton started for a ‘second’ team against Meath in Fingallians GAA club on Monday night, featuring a number of Dublin fringe players and some established players like Brian Howard too. It was Cluxton’s first game for Dublin since the 2020 All-Ireland final.

Meath are running a development squad and used a number of players who have not had direct involvement with their senior squad.

On Sunday, Cluxton resurfaced as the reserve goalkeeper to David O’Hanlon for Dublin’s final-round Division 2 game against Louth which they won to reach a final against Derry on Sunday. Cluxton, aged 41, has come back to Dublin as Evan Comerford’s injury problems persist.

He had never formally announced his retirement after stepping away from the squad in 2021, a drawn-out saga that inevitably cast a shadow over their preparations that summer.