O'Carroll must "fight for his jersey"

May 21, 2019

Kilmacud Crokes' Rory O'Carroll. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Jim Gavin says Rory O’Carroll won’t walk straight back into the Dublin starting XV.

On the back of impressive displays for Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin SFC last month, O’Carroll – who hasn’t featured for the Dubs since the 2015 All-Ireland final – has been recalled to the All-Ireland champions’ squad ahead of their Leinster opener against Louth on Saturday night.

“We brought him back on the back of those club outings. We've always had an open door policy,” Gavin told RTE. “Some players have left to pursue other activities and Rory is a good example of that.

“He is back on merit. He has played very well for his club in two championship games. That said, this is the first step for him, he's only in the squad. He needs to fight for a jersey on the 25th and I look forward to seeing how that works out.”

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