DUBLIN’S COSTELLO TO FOCUS ON FOOTBALL.

Cormac Costello is ready to frustrate a second Dublin hurling manager by focusing on football only in 2015.

The talented young dual player has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in football boss Jim Gavin’s panel in recent seasons.

But he’s also a top hurler and famously competed in both All-Ireland minor finals in 2012.

Since then, Anthony Daly has tried in vain to lure the Whitehall Colmcille club man into the Dublin senior hurling panel.

Costello refused to confirm if new boss Ger Cunningham has also approached him but ruled out any dual arrangement anyhow.

“Unfortunately I don’t think it’s sustainable to do the two of them at a high level, to be honest,” said Costello. “It’s the way the GAA has gone, it’s so demanding on players.

“There’s a lot of time and effort and you’re only cutting yourself in half if you’re doing both.

“Next year anyway I’m focused on football. Hopefully I’ll be a member of the senior football team and we’ll go from there. I’ll only think about next year for now.”

Asked about the Daly link, Costello admitted the 2013 Leinster hurling final winning boss did try to lure him.

“He asked me in at the start, yeah, he did ask me,” said Costello. “But I told him that my ambition for that year was just to play football. He was happy enough.

“Each year, I just regroup my thoughts and see where I’m going to go from there.”

St Pat’s student Costello admitted his full focus is on reviving Dublin after their crushing Championship defeat to Donegal.

He started in the All-Ireland semi-final but was hauled off and is keen for redemption.

He’s hoping Dubs legend Jason Sherlock’s appointment to Jim Gavin’s backroom team can energise the panel.

“I believe he’s going to be involved, it’s brilliant,” said Costello. “I’m looking forward to working with him. Hopefully he’ll show us a few tricks.

“He was a hero, absolutely, who didn’t love Jayo in Dublin?”

Ciaran Kilkenny hurled at underage level alongside Costello and flirted with answering Daly’s senior call.

But Kilkenny appeared to have decided to focus on football solely last season before his cruciate knee ligament injury early in the league.

Costello said he expects the Castleknock man to return to the big ball game in 2015 with a bang.

“Ciaran has been working really hard all year on his rehab,” he said.

“He seems to be in really good shape. Kevin O’Brien is the same, the two of them aren’t that far off full fitness now. In the new year they’ll be back and I’m sure they’ll be raring to go after the long lay off.”

But it remains to be seen if another key attacker returns, Alan Brogan. The veteran is mulling over his options.

“It doesn’t matter what age he is, he still has it,” insisted Costello. (Irish Examiner)
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