Dubs brewing major rivalry with Galway - Carton
The arrival of Galway in Leinster has generated a big rivalry with the Dublin hurlers, and that adds extra spice to Saturday night's Walsh Cup final at Croke Park, according to Michael Carton.
The O'Tooles man also noted that both sides will have an eye to future battles as they are booked for a Leinster championship clash on May 31.
A number of counties, including Dublin at official level, were not in favour of Galway coming into Leinster, but Carton welcomed the men in Maroon, even though they blitzed the Dubs in the league last year.
"You put those things behind you and we look forward to playing them again this year. Every time we play against Galway breeds that bit of rivalry," he said. "They're a fantastic hurling team."
Dublin are in the early stages of new manager Ger Cunningham's reign, and the former Cork All-Ireland winner has mixed and matched players as he seeks to get to know them and their capabilities.
Carton has found himself playing in the unaccustomed position of full-back, and that's fine with him.
"I've never played there before so it's a challenge," he said. "I've the enthusiasm to play there. I want a starting place in the team so whatever it takes.
"It's not just myself. Peter Kelly has played at centre-back and Liam Rushe at full-forward.
"I think as a hurler you should be able to play anywhere. There are no complaints, you just get on with it."
The Dubs style of play has not yet been finalised as Cunningham assesses the capabilities of the squad he inherited from Anthony Daly.
"The manager hasn't really come through with a specific game-plan yet. He wants to get to know us as hurlers, so he's taking a back seat and seeing how we're getting on in hurling and training and matches," said Carton.
One man who won't be on the journey this season is coach Tommy Dunne, whose career path necessitates him departing the Dublin camp.
"Tommy is a huge loss for us. The experience he had was vital, but his career has to come first," said Carton.