Wednesday 23 October 2019

'There hasn't been that discussion' - Dublin not yet talking about possible retirements

Sure brand ambassador, Ciaran Kilkenny, was speaking today at the Sure GAA Stats season review. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Sure brand ambassador, Ciaran Kilkenny, was speaking today at the Sure GAA Stats season review. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

CIARÁN Kilkenny says there has still been no mention of retirements from within the Dublin camp as they make a return to playing this weekend for their respective clubs.

Much focus in the immediate aftermath of Dublin’s historic fifth All-Ireland win in a row centred on the futures of Jim Gavin, his management team and the older players in the panel.

Most recent noise around the capital suggests there will be a smaller turnover than expected although Kilkenny confirmed "there hasn’t been that discussion within the player group."

"Or," he added, "between players and management or anything like that whatsoever."

"In the aftermath of the game, lads are just soaking in the achievement," explained the All-Ireland final replay Man of the Match, a Sure ambassador.

"It was a massive relief at the end of the game.

"The mental and physical wear and tear it takes out of you – having the draw and then the preparation for the next day – and then creating that bit of history…it’s been crazy over the last couple of weeks.

"Lads are still in that zone. I haven’t really chatted to anyone about that specifically."

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Kilkenny flew back to Dublin just this morning having spent a week in New York with Dean Rock and Paddy Andrews.

"And even to see how far it stretched and how much it means to Irish people all over the world and how much it meant to them to see history being made is pretty special," he explained.

"It has been a pretty crazy couple of weeks. But when that final whistle blew, I’ve never felt anything like that before in my life.

"That’s what really drives you on and gives you the greatest energy. It was incredible."

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