Saturday 18 November 2017

Hurlers won’t pursue Henry

Raheny man will not join list of Dublin’s cross-code players

DUBLIN senior hurling management will not pursue David Henry after the talented dual player indicated his intentions to retire from inter-county football.

Henry, who hurled for Dublin before being selected for the footballers in 2002, was invited to switch codes when Anthony Daly assumed office in late 2008 but management have confirmed that they are satisfied that there will be no further additions to the squad.

Henry’s former football team-mates, Shane Ryan, Conal Keaney and Ross O’Carroll have all made the switch across the codes over the last two years but Henry, 31, is set to concentrate solely on his club commitments with Raheny after informing management that he would not be back for an 11th year in the Dublin jersey.

Football management have insisted that they will leave room for a change of heart between now and the end of the month but as it stands, the Raheny man is the only one of Dublin’s successful All-Ireland squad to retire from service, a factor which captain, Bryan Cullen, put down to the youthful age profile of the group.

“It's a young side. Denis Bastick, Barry (Cahill) and Clucko are the only ones that have hit 30 so it wouldn't really make sense for anyone else to step aside,” insisted Cullen who added that he had been impressed with the performances of a handful of new squad members during Sunday’s opening O’Byrne Cup victory over Carlow.

“I thought Davy Byrne was good at wing-back,” he praised. “He was very energetic, very enthusiastic, very tenacious as well. He looks a good prospect. We had a lot of new faces out there so guys like Micéal McCarthy who came onto the panel last year... that was his first proper start. There'll be a lot more opportunities for lads over the next few weeks so it's up to them if they're able to grasp them.”

“January is all about getting the fitness levels back up and just getting lads out and playing football again,” stressed Cullen.

Dublin face UCD this Saturday night (7.45) in the quarter-finals of the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup.

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