Thursday 23 November 2017

Robertson replaces Whelan in Dubs camp

IAN ROBERTSON was last night ratified as the newest member of Pat Gilroy's Dublin senior football management team.

The Ballymun Kickhams man replaces Mickey Whelan, who stepped down after last year's All-Ireland success.

Robertson's appointment brings the number of selectors back to three along with David Hickey and Paddy O'Donoghue.

Whelan granted Robertson his Dublin senior debut back in 1997 but a chronic string of serious injuries blighted his playing career and he retired from inter-county action in 2006 having not played a championship match since 2004.

Robertson was officially ratified last might at a full meeting of the Dublin county board in Parnell Park where uncontested inter-club transfers were also rubber-stamped.


Meanwhile, want-away Dublin panellist, Declan Lally, will probably have to make his case to county committee next month.

His current club, St Brigid's, originally objected to his bid to move to local rivals, St Oliver Plunkett's/ER, but it is now being suggested that the Russell Park club are poised to withdraw their objection. If that proves to be correct, Lally would be free to move up the Navan Road to join up with fellow Dublin senior panellists, Alan, Bernard and Paul Brogan as well as Ross McConnell.

Lally fell out of favour with Brigid's management last year and played no part in their successful Evening Herald Dublin SFC campaign or their subsequent run to the AIB Leinster club SFC final.

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