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Friday 19 July 2019

Jim has his say on Jayo and Connolly

COACH: Jason Sherlock. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
COACH: Jason Sherlock. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

After all the rumour and conjecture, Jim Gavin was keen to put the record straight on Jason Sherlock and Diarmuid Connolly.

Sherlock, he declared after Saturday's defeat in Tralee, was never off the Dublin management team.

"Not in the slightest," he stressed, while revealing that Connolly has not been engaged in recent one-to-one training sessions with the county's high performance manager, Bryan Cullen. "I can confirm that that's certainly not the case," the Dublin boss said.

That said, Connolly's St Vincent's return, in a Saturday morning challenge against Ballyboden St Enda's, will only fuel speculation of a comeback for a player who last donned Sky Blue as a sub against Mayo 12 months ago.

"To be honest we were travelling all day," said Gavin, told of Connolly's club appearance.

"If any player wants to volunteer their time for inter-county football, we'll always look at them and the door has always remained open for any player who's either been with us in the past or wants to join us. "

Meanwhile, Sherlock's presence in Tralee countered reports that he was gone from his selector's role.

Gavin also contradicted claims of his reported dissatisfaction over the RTÉ progamme, Jayo, aired over Christmas.

"I thought it was an excellent documentary. If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend it," he said. "Jason was very brave to do what he did and we're very proud of him. If you can watch that documentary without getting emotional, you've got a heart of stone."

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