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Friday 17 August 2018

Irish hope to look at Blues for Rules trials

THE Irish International Rules management haven't given up hope of adding a number of Dublin and Kerry players to their finalised squad despite the uncertainty over their availability.

Between the two All-Ireland finalists, only one player - Stephen Cluxton - has committed to Anthony Tohill's squad as both counties continue to run off their respective county championships.

Both Bernard and Alan Brogan have been earmarked as potential recruits while Dublin full-back, Rory O'Carroll, is thought to be another player highly coveted by Tohill.

"The first person in there last Saturday was Stephen Cluxton, so he's on board," explained selector, Kevin O'Brien.

"But then he has championship now this weekend with Parnell's."

Parnell's face Raheny on Sunday afternoon in Parnell Park (4.0).

"Kieran Donaghy has expressed an interest but again, it will depend on club commitments," added O'Brien.

"Darran O'Sullivan as well. So we'd certainly hope to have a few Kerry and Dublin players on the team...for sure."

Management are limited to final squad size of 23 but with the Evening Herald Dublin SFC still at such an early stage, it is unlikely - barring upsets - that the likes of the Brogans or O'Carroll will be available before the travelling party leave for Oz.

Bernard Brogan, last year's Footballer of the Year, has also expressed his desire to go on an extended holiday at the end of St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh's club championship involvement.

"Look, it's far from ideal," O'Brien admitted. "It is an inconvenience but then what can we do? Although it's only a minority of players, really, still caught up in club championship, and for everyone else the commitment has been fantastic.

"Again, we've been speaking with quite a few of the Dublin and Kerry players, but we're still waiting on confirmation.

"There is always the possibility to look at guys next week. Unfortunately, the Dublin football championship is ongoing at the moment and that has a lot of players tied up. So we just have to be patient and see what happens."

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