Cluxton at ease with captaincy

by Michelle Fortune , 04 February 2013

Stephen Cluxton is happy to take on the mantle of Dublin captain but insists there are plenty of leaders within the dressing room.

Cluxton was confirmed as skipper of the Dublin senior footballers shortly after they opened their Allianz National League account with a 1-18 to 2-9 win over Cork at Croke Park and his appointment brought about his first-ever media interview.

The 31-year-old has steadfastedly refused to speak to the media during his inter-county career but as he faced the press at Croke Park on Saturday night he was quick to play down his new role.

"To be honest I just keep my head down and just try to train as hard as I can. If Jim (Gavin) thinks that's leadership then I'll take it on my shoulders and take it on board," Cluxton said.

"But there are so many leaders in that dressing-room there's no need to have one particular one."

Cluxton has previously stated that the best piece of advice he received was when he was told not to speak to the media but he was happy to accept the captaincy when Gavin approached him.

"I had a good think about it, and Jim assured me of my role so I was happy enough to take it onboard and hopefully I'll do the job that he requested," Cluxton is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

Cluxton was quick to play down the significance of Dublin's opening win against Cork but was pleased with the performance of his team-mates.

"I think they (Cork) were probably a bit off the pace. We had a lot of lads who were itching to get games and obviously because Jim has come in they are given an opportunity to express themselves and nail down a spot come Championship so for the first league game it's good."

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