Saturday 20 January 2018

Cunningham keeping close eye on U-21s as he looks to bolster Dublin panel

Ger Cunningham is set to continue his role as Dublin hurling boss. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Ger Cunningham is set to continue his role as Dublin hurling boss. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile newsdesk

Ger Cunningham should be confirmed as Dublin hurling boss for 2017 inside the next fortnight.

The Corkman is expected to be in charge for a third season but he revealed there is a little more detail to be ironed out first.

"We had a chat, but between holidays on my side and on the lads' side of it (it was held up). We'll meet up again in a couple of weeks' time," Cunningham said ahead of Saturday's Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland U-21 semi-final double header in Thurles.

"They're focusing on the U-21s and that sort of the thing. So by the end of the month, we'll meet up again."

Cunningham has overseen significant change in the Dublin panel he took over from Anthony Daly but he believes the experience they have garnered in the last two seasons will serve Dublin hurling well in the future.

"In your first year in, you nearly inherit a panel," said the Cork native.

"Not knowing the set-up and the players when you go in first, you look at the previous year's panel and work with them. I was opened-minded about it. I was waiting to see what we had and what players we had available.

"So maybe it's happened a bit sooner that what we had planned in relation to the changeover and the lads who have come in in the last while."

Cunningham will be keeping a close eye on the county's U-21s as they take on Galway on Saturday evening as well as the Dublin championships to see if he can unearth yet more new blood for the senior squad.

"We are heading into year three. It's changing, there are younger players coming through all the time. That's the same in any team, you are always trying to add," he said.

"The younger guys have put their hands up to be selected and have come in and made the transition from U-21 to senior. We are looking across the board, not just at U-21s, we are looking at the club scene as well."

Irish Independent

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