Not much substance to Connolly return report, says Whelan

February 09, 2019

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly celebrates with manager Jim Gavin.
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Former midfielder Ciaran Whelan has poured cold water on speculation linking Diarmuid Connolly with a return to the Dublin senior set-up.

Speaking on the subject as a pundit on RTE’s coverage of tonight’s league clash between the Dubs and Kerry, Whelan said: “Diarmuid is back playing with his club.

“I don't think there's much substance linking him to the Dublin squad at this point.

“If he has his appetite back, and he wants to get back playing after having a break last year, that's all the better for Dublin but I think there's a bit of a road to travel in that one.”

Question marks over Jason Sherlock’s continued involvement as a selector in Jim Gavin’s backroom team also surfaced this week but the 1995 All-Ireland winner is on duty in Tralee tonight.

“Jason took a break at the start of the year,” Whelan revealed, “other selectors have done that previously and not come back until February.

“He wasn't around the last few weeks and two plus two equalled five essentially. People assumed he was gone. He's not.”

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