Experienced Dublin hurling defender Niall Corcoran knows that the Leinster Club SHC is a window for emerging hurlers in Kilmacud Crokes to come to the attention of new Dubs boss Ger Cunningham.

And likewise it’s a fresh start of the rest of the hurlers in the county.

Crokes face Laois champions, Rathdowney Errill, this Sunday in Parnell Park (2.30)

“Just chatting to some of the lads, when Ger (Cunningham) starts things going again, it’s like you’re on trial again nearly,” says Niall.

“A bit like when Anthony (Daly) came in first. Everyone was looking to impress and it will be no different this time with Ger. Everything’s up for grabs.

“And that includes new lads coming into the panel. Obviously, it’s a clean slate again. The excitement that’s there … there is a chance for guys to stake a claim.

“And the more guys that push, the better it’s going to be for the team. The fact that everyone is pushing standards.

“But there is a bit of a feeling of a new dawn.”(
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