Tuesday 24 April 2018

Diarmuid Connolly has his say on the rumours that Pat Gilroy could try to convince him to join the Dublin hurlers

Diarmuid Connolly of St Vincent's in action against Paul Courtney of St Jude's during the Dublin County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final match between St Vincent's and St Jude's at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly of St Vincent's in action against Paul Courtney of St Jude's during the Dublin County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final match between St Vincent's and St Jude's at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Five-time All-Ireland winner Diarmuid Connolly has played down the possibility of switching codes to join his former boss Pat Gilroy with the Dublin hurlers.

The 2011 All-Ireland winning manager was named as Ger Cunningham's replacement earlier this week and it has been suggested that he will try to get some of the capital's dual stars to throw their lot in with the hurlers.

Connolly, who featured for the Dublin under-21 hurlers in an All-Ireland final in 2007, was asked about the possibility of switching to the small ball game on eirSport ahead of today's Dublin SFC between St Vincent's and St Jude's.

Speaking to eirSport Connolly said: “I’m 30 this year…in my mind’s eye I probably would have been able to do it if I went and picked hurling at 20 or 21 years of age but I went the other way and picked football so I think that ship has sailed.”

Mark Schutte is another obvious potential option for Gilroy, even though the former Dublin hurler only joined Gavin’s panel before this year’s championship.

Meanwhile, another four current Dublin footballers - Cormac Costello, Ciarán Kilkenny, Eric Lowndes and dual scoring sensation Con O’Callaghan – all played minor hurling for the county. The expectation, however, is that all four will stay put.

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