Dubs boss will give Henry until end of month to reconsider retirement
DAVID HENRY has decided to call an end to his Dublin senior career. The Raheny clubman has informed management that he will not be returning for 2012 after a decade long service with the Dubs.
However, Dubs boss Pat Gilroy, has not ruled out a possible change of heart from his former captain and has granted Henry until the end of January to reverse the decision.
The 31 year-old, who made his made his league debut for Dublin against Donegal in Parnell Park in February 2002, failed to make a championship appearance last year having returned late to the squad after an extended period travelling over the winter.
A former Dublin senior hurler, Henry began his county football at wing-back, starting his first championship match at number five in the routine Leinster victory over Louth in 2003 but was controversially dropped along with Johnny McNally and Senan Connell for their shock semi-final defeat by Laois, a move for which then manager, Tommy Lyons, was roundly criticised.
Henry also holds the distinction of captaining Dublin in Pat Gilroy's first league match in charge against Tyrone in 2009 as the new manager rotated the honour for the duration of the spring campaign but assumed the armband on a more permanent basis the following summer in the injury-enforced absence of Paul Griffin.
Noted for his versatility, Henry was an almost ever-present in Paul Caffrey's four years in charge when he most regularly filled the right corner-back slot.
Later, under Gilroy, he was redeployed in the half-forward line and started all but one of Dublin's 2010 championship matches en route to narrow defeat by Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Griffin, meanwhile, has been granted a clean bill of health after his lengthy recovery from a knee injury which ruined his 2011.
Currently abroad on honeymoon, Griffin will not be involved in the immediate term but Gilroy is confident that his 2009 captain can play some part in the forthcoming league campaign.
"He's motoring away," revealed Gilroy after yesterday's routine O'Byrne Cup victory over Carlow.
"He's on his honeymoon at the moment. You wouldn't take a chance on playing him, but it would be no problem to him.
"We'll ease him back."
All-Ireland winning captain Bryan Cullen led Dublin out again yesterday although Gilroy insisted he had yet to confirm who would lead his team this season.
"To be honest, we haven't had everyone back together yet and we're waiting until we can do that so we can have a proper debrief," Gilroy said.
"We won't have the full group back until January 19. The likes of Barry Cahill is taking a bit of time off.
"We want to sit down as a group and debrief.
"Once we have done that we will be setting something in stone."