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13 February 2020; Mitsubishi Motors are delighted to announce their new partnership with Dublin GAA as official vehicle sponsors. Pictured is Dublin hurler Chris Crummey at Parknell Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

13 February 2020; Mitsubishi Motors are delighted to announce their new partnership with Dublin GAA as official vehicle sponsors. Pictured is Dublin hurler Chris Crummey at Parknell Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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13 February 2020; Mitsubishi Motors are delighted to announce their new partnership with Dublin GAA as official vehicle sponsors. Pictured is Dublin hurler Chris Crummey at Parknell Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Chris Crummey has backed Danny Sutcliffe, his successor as Dublin hurling captain, to thrive in the role this year.

Crummey was appointed captain by Pat Gilroy in 2018 and retained by Mattie Kenny for his first season in charge last year.

At 26 and having been nominated for an All Star after a string of influential displays last year, Crummey was expected to continue as captain but instead, Kenny has handed the task to St Jude's clubman Sutcliffe for 2020.

He explained, however, that management were attempting to cultivate leadership traits in a number of players, and Sutcluffe's elevation was part of that process.

"There's a senior leadership group and I think Mattie wants to develop as many leaders as possible within the team, that's what any successful team needs," Crummey explained.

"Danny is obviously a player who has put in great service for Dublin over the last number of years.

"He's been there longer than I have. I think he'll be a brilliant captain for us this year."

The Lucan Sarsfields man went on to explain that his role in the squad will not change this year, despite no longer holding the captaincy.

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"To be honest, I think as a senior member of the group, and a senior leader in the group, there's a responsibility and an expectancy on me and all the other senior players to lead by example both on the pitch in matches and in training," outlined Crummey.

"So it hasn't changed my role at all."

Meanwhile, Crummey rejected the need for a sin-bin in hurling on the day a motion pertaining to the measure was announced on the clár for this year's congress.

"Personally I wouldn't be a fan of it," he confirmed.

"I think the game is in a very good place, some of the matches over the last few years have been some of the best matches that have taken place over the last few decades.

"I don't think there is a need for change, as a player, and from chatting to team mates I don't think there is a strong voice for change," he stressed.

Crummey is, however, a supporter of another motion which would reward a point scored directly from a sideline cut with two points.

"I'd be a massive fan of that, not that I'm very good at it", he explained.