The continued absence of Diarmuid Connolly from the Dublin football team has been the subject of much debate so far this year, with the St Vincent’s star only seeing action in the win over Mayo. His absence from matchday squads has led to speculation that he may be close to joining Pat Gilroy’s hurlers.
In the Sunday Times over the weekend, Christy O’Connor reported that Connolly is not interested in football nor hurling right now.
When Gavin was questioned on the issue following the win over Galway at Croke Park, he denied knowledge of the issue.
“That’s news to me.
“His status at the moment is that both Diarmuid and I agreed that what was best was that he would take a rest over these games. He has had a long number of years playing senior inter-county football, as have a lot of this group, and that decision was made in his best interests.”
When asked if Connolly will be back for the championship, Gavin gave a simple answer.
Should Connolly return, it could be a difficult team to break into. The stocks of Brian Howard, Colm Basquel, Niall Scully and more rose so far this campaign, and with Con O’Callaghan returning following Cuala’s All-Ireland triumph, spaces are limited in the Dublin forwards.
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