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Sinead Wylde in action for UCD during the Ashbourne Cup in January. For this year's inter-county season she has hung up the helmet to focus on football. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Sinead Wylde in action for UCD during the Ashbourne Cup in January. For this year's inter-county season she has hung up the helmet to focus on football. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Seán Drummond with Dublin players, from left, Cian O’Callaghan, Sinéad Wylde, Aisling Maher and Con O’Callaghan at Cuala GAA club in Dalkey to help launch AIG’s Support4Drummo jersey swap fundraiser campaign. Seán Drummond is a former Cuala and Dublin GAA underage player who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident in London after finishing college exams in 2019. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Seán Drummond with Dublin players, from left, Cian O’Callaghan, Sinéad Wylde, Aisling Maher and Con O’Callaghan at Cuala GAA club in Dalkey to help launch AIG’s Support4Drummo jersey swap fundraiser campaign. Seán Drummond is a former Cuala and Dublin GAA underage player who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident in London after finishing college exams in 2019. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Sinead Wylde in action for UCD during the Ashbourne Cup in January. For this year's inter-county season she has hung up the helmet to focus on football. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The “dream” would be to play dual for Dublin, but juggling two codes wasn’t a runner for Sinéad Wylde so she decided to throw her lot in with Mick Bohan’s footballers for 2022 and beyond.

County football hadn’t been on her radar after spending three years with the senior camogie side, but a good run with Cuala caught the attention of Bohan before excelling in some pre-Christmas trial games as the net was cast wide following their All-Ireland final loss.

It wasn’t an easy decision to choose the big ball – she “definitely wouldn’t rule out” returning to camogie at some stage – but the notion of plying her trade for both was never really on the table.

“No, that definitely wasn’t an option from either party really. I know Orla O’Dwyer has done it for years with Tipp and Hannah Looney with Cork, that would be the dream, I’d love to play both,” Wylde said ahead of AIG’s Support4Drummo jersey swap fundraiser.

“But I think in Dublin with the population and the amount of people that are competing to be on both teams, it’s not really feasible to be able to give half of your commitment to either team. I don’t think there’d really be a space for someone who can only give half their commitment.”

After making her first competitive start against Westmeath earlier this month, the 22-year-old attacker is relishing Saturday’s Leinster final as they renew rivalries with All-Ireland champions Meath in Croke Park.

“No, definitely not,” Wylde said when asked if the Royals can’t be given an inch after last year’s All-Ireland final defeat. “And whoever wins that game, it will give them great confidence going into the All-Ireland championship as well.

“We both have one win each this year so we’ll definitely be going for the win in that one. At the start of last year you never would have thought that Meath would be the team to go after, but definitely Meath is a big hurdle that we need to overcome this year.”

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