Farrell confirms Cluxton set to stay on with Dublin
By Cian O'Connell
Stephen Cluxton has indicated to new Dublin manager Dessie Farrell that he would like to remain involved for the 2020 campaign.
Cluxton, who recently had surgery on a shoulder injury, is expected to return to action in March.
Speaking on Friday morning, Farrell confirmed that he has spoken with the 2019 PwC Footballer of the Year.
"I've met with Stephen and he's indicated that he's very keen to stay involved," Farrell says.
"A lot of you would be aware that he's just after going through some surgery on his shoulder there, so that's going to take some time to recover and he needs the time to rehab that.
"But he's very keen and intent and staying involved and staking a claim."
Regarding Cluxton's injury, Farrell suggested that the goalkeeper should be available towards the end of the Allianz Football League.
"I think it was just that there was a little bit more to do on it than he thought, but we'd hope to see him back on the field towards the end of March, I think," Farrell stated.
Bernard Brogan and Eoghan O'Gara announced their inter-county retirements following Dublin's All Ireland SFC Final replay triumph over Kerry, but Farrell expects all the other experienced players to be involved under his stewardship.
"They're all involved, absolutely," Farrell replied.
"At the end of any season or the beginning of a new season, for senior players it's always a concern at the best of times as to what role you're going to have going forward and particularly when there's a new management team in place.
"I know what that feels like, I came through seven different managers, so I can understand how some of those more senior players might feel about it, and maybe that sense of uncertainty, but I think, in my view anyway, they've all been fantastic servants of Dublin football and under our watch they're definitely going to get a chance to stake a claim and to impress the new management team."
Much speculation surrounds who will be included in Farrell's backroom team, but the Na Fianna clubman will reveal that to the panel shortly.
"We're well down the road," Farrell admits. "Obviously given the sudden nature of Jim's resignation over Christmas and the team and backroom team being away on holidays, there's still a few bits and pieces to put together.
"But we're well down the road on it and I'm happy with where I'm at with it now, and obviously there are some big decisions to be made there that aren't just going to impact on this season, but over the next couple of seasons.
"So I'm happy to take my time in making those decisions, but over the next few weeks we should have it finalised and it will be under constant review as ever.
"I don't mean to be awkward yet but with the lads being away and everything else, I'd prefer to fill them in first rather than sort of announce it in public, without letting them know.
"So there's a timing thing around this and obviously they're back over the next couple of days and will be back training next weekend, so I hope to be able to address the lads on that basis next week."