Paul: 'Respectful' Gilroy right to give Cuala players space to focus on campaign
On his first official duty as Dublin senior hurling manager in Boston two weeks ago, Pat Gilroy was adamant none of Cuala's players would be distracted from their primary task of propelling the club towards further Leinster and All-Ireland honours by being forced to consider or discuss their inter-county futures with him.
That message, according to Paul Schutte, has been gratefully received by the estimated dozen or so players who could feasibly be called up by Gilroy whenever the clubs' odyssey finally ends.
"Everyone talks about his great man-management skills and that's proof there that he understands what playing for your club means," Schutte, who withdrew from Ger Cunningham's squad after Cuala's All-Ireland club success last March, outlined.
"And he's letting us give the club full attention and if we came back too early … it is just very respectful of him to do that and it is appreciated by everyone in the club."
Schutte wasn't the only Cuala player to opt out this year.
His brother Mark went to the Dublin senior football panel while both Colm Cronin and Seán Treacy told Cunningham before the season started that they no longer wished to be involved.
Asked whether he expected more players from his club to play for Dublin next year, Schutte explained: "There are a lot of lads focused on their career as well they like having a balance.
"People are doing PhDs, lads studying medicine, actuary, accounting and eats which are very time consuming. They'll have to sit down and talk to Pat."
Another major development in Dublin hurling is the appointment of Schutte's former manager, Anthony Daly to Kilmacud Crokes
"He'll get the best out of them and you'd run through a wall for him," he reckoned.
"I remember playing under him and he could have told me to do anything and I would have done it straight away.
"Along with a few other teams, they will be a huge challenge because we have been lucky enough to get over the line against them."