Cluxton unsure of inter-county future
Stephen Cluxton is reported to be considering whether to commit to the Dublin senior footballers for 2013.
A member of the Dublin panel since 2001, Cluxton was promoted to the position of number one goalkeeper just a year later, and he became the hero for the Metropolitans in 2011 when he kicked the decisive free as Pat Gilroy’s side won the All-Ireland SFC crown.
However, after 11 years playing at inter-county level, the All-Ireland winner may decide the time has come for him to step aside.
The Irish Independent reports that he met with new Dublin manager Jim Gavin in recent days to discuss his future and failed to give assurances that he would make himself available for selection in 2013.
Gavin is hoping to finalise his 2013 squad in the coming weeks and he will hope to be in a position to name Cluxton on the panel.
Meanwhile, Dublin will have a new captain next year with Bryan Cullen surrendering the position in order to take an extended break from the game.
While traditionally the county champions nominate the captain, Dublin do not follow the same practice and it will be up to Gavin to select the right man for the position.
Diarmuid Connolly has been named as a potential successor to Cullen, but Dublin chairman Andy Kettle insists Gavin has yet to make a decision.
“No, our county champions don’t nominate the captaincy and I don’t know if that tradition has ever been in Dublin,” Kettle is quoted as saying in the Irish Times.
“It will be decided by Jim Gavin, and his management team, although I’m not aware of any nomination yet. Jim hasn’t even met the players as a group yet, only talked with a few individuals.”
Cullen is due to take a break until the latter stages of the Allianz League and Kettle admits Gavin is unlikely to have his full panel available to him until March.
“That’s what it’s looking like with a few players taking a break or still out with injury,” Kettle said.
“It is something we have looked at, and reckon it could be Dublin’s league match against Mayo, in early March, before the full panel is available, when you consider the Sigerson Cup will also be happening up until then.”