Farrell confirms Cluxton stay

January 10, 2020

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton celebrates with Jason Sherlock. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Dessie Farrell has confirmed that Stephen Cluxton will line out for Dublin once again in 2020.

Speaking to the media for the first time since succeeding Jim Gavin as Dublin manager, Farrell revealed that the 38-year-old goalkeeper will be back to captain the Dubs in their quest for a six-in-a-row of All-Ireland SFC titles this year.

"I've met with Stephen and he's indicated that he's very keen to stay involved," the Na Fianna clubman said at the press conference at the offices of sponsors AIG this morning.

"A lot of you will be aware that he's just after going through some surgery on his shoulder so that's going to take some time to recover and he needs time to rehab that but he's very keen and intent on staying involved and staking a claim."

There had been intense speculation about the reigning Footballer of the Year's future, especially in the wake of Jim Gavin's shock resignation, so the news will come as a major relief to Dublin supporters.

Farrell, who will take charge of the Dubs for the first time against Longford in the O'Byrne Cup semi-final tomorrow, expects Cluxton to miss most of the Allianz League while he also confirmed that Diarmuid Connolly and Michael Darragh Macauley are also back on board for another campaign.

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