Pat Gilroy is still unaware whether Paul Schutte will be available to him for selection as he enters his first season in charge of the Dublin hurlers in 2018.
The Cuala captain opted out of the inter-county setup last season under Ger Cunningham but has been in fine form for his club side as the Dalkey side look well on course for another All-Ireland final on St. Patrick’s Day in Croke Park and an opportunity to retain their crown as the best club hurling team in the country. In completing such an incredible feat they would be the first team to do so since Portumna of the 2000’s.
Schutte has led his side to consecutive Dublin and Leinster titles in 2017 and barring two huge semi-final upsets, the defending All-Ireland champions should meet Limerick’s high-flying county and Munster champions Na Piarsaigh in the March 17th showdown.
It is not until this club campaign draws to a conclusion that Schutte will decide on his Dublin future, he has revealed in an interview with Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
Probed on whether he fancies a return to hurling for the Boys In Blue, the defender said:
“It’s a huge honour always to play for Dublin.
“I love hurling but at the same time I do have work commitments and I have to study so it’s just trying to juggle it all now and see if it’s possible.
“After the club campaign (I will make my decision on Dubs future) and see how the body holds up from there really.”
Paul’s brother and Cuala marksman Mark also departed the hurling camp last season under Cunningham and took up a position within the county’s football squad. It also remains to be seen whether he will make a comeback for the capital’s small ball outfit.
The pair would indeed be a welcome addition to the county’s hurling dressing room, wothnGilroy having already regained the services of 2013 All-Star Danny Sutcliffe for 2018.