As Dublin cruised to their fourth successive All-Ireland SFC title against Tyrone on Sunday, you can expect there was one very interested observer watching on from across the Atlantic.
Diarmuid Connolly has spent the summer in the United States playing football with Donegal Boston in the Donegal SFC, a competition he and his team won earlier this month.
Connolly only played one game for Dublin this year which was in the Allianz League and it’s a sign of the strength in depth which Jim Gavin has at his disposal that they can easily navigate the loss of such a high-quality player.
Nevertheless, there are many people out there who would love to see Connolly make a return in the sky blue of Dublin and the county’s selector Declan Darcy has said that they would welcome back the 31-year-old with open arms.
“We have the highest regard for Diarmuid and we want him back 110%,” Darcy told the Irish Examiner.
“He’s due back in two weeks. If he’s playing to form, he’s happy, he wants to be part of the group and we feel he can fit into the group then, absolutely.
“There are no issues from our end towards Diarmuid. Again, it’s an amateur sport. There are no having to do things, it’s all about choices. He decided this year that he needed to take a little bit of time away and he should have been allowed that.”
“If he comes back, we have an awful lot of loyalty towards him. We have fought hard battles with Diarmuid,” Darcy added.