After Dublin’s exit from the Allianz League at the hands of Tipperary in Croke Park yesterday, Pat Gilroy turns his full focus to the championship opener with Kilkenny on May 13. The former All-Ireland Football Championship-winning boss will be hoping to get a few of Cuala’s stars into his ranks in the coming weeks as they prepare for the summer.
Gilroy revealed that he agreed to keep his distance from the Cuala contingent until the end of their campaign.
“I’ve spoken to Mattie [Kenny]. We had a good discussion before Christmas about it. I think he was keen that we did leave them alone. They respected that we did give them the best shot possible. I’ll certainly be making phonecalls tomorrow.”
There are a host of star names with intercounty experience involved in the Cuala set-up that could add real value to the Dublin team. However, one who is unlikely to make a return this year is Paul Schutte. The Cuala captain was forced ashore with a hamstring injury during the All-Ireland final in Portlaoise on Saturday, and speaking after the game he revealed his pessimism about a comeback date.
“That’s out of my control, I’d say. It came off the bone so I’d say it could be another four, six-months spell for me.
“It probably will [rule me out of Dublin]. But we’ll see what the physio and doctor say anyway.”
While Schutte may not feature in blue this year, expect a host of other Cuala stars to be drafted into the county team.