Dublin sharpshooter Dean Rock is back from injury and ready for the Super 8’s
At the recent AIG 20×20 launch DUBSTV caught up with Dublin Senior Football forward Dean Rock. The Ballymun star had missed almost all of Dublin’s recent Leinster Championship campaign. But fans were thrilled to see the Rock make a 20 minute cameo in their Final victory over Meath.
“I was just delighted to get back on the field and get back from injury, and really put my stamp on it.” He admitted
“Because I love playing in the jersey, love playing for Dublin, love playing in Leinster Finals.”
“It was just another opportunity to get with your best friends, your team mates. And it was nice that a couple of balls went over the bar.”
Dublin have had a few injury worries. Players like Jonny Cooper and Eric Lowndes, and more recently James McCarthy suffering knocks. But thankfully the likes of Dean Rock and the return this campaign of David Byrne from a broken bone in his foot. All that shows is once again the vast array of talent to step into a vacant role in the ranks.
“That’s been a massive part of our success over the last number of years, it’s the strength of the squad. And it the same again this year.”
“Hopefully we can kick on from here.”
Ready for the quick Super 8’s turnaround
Dean compares the preperation for Super 8’s to be somewhat like the National League, with the quicker turnaround in games.
“Teams will have prepped for doing that, there’s going to be games week on week, or games every second week”.
“Every team is prepared for it in the opening months of the year and the squad will be utilised very much so over these coming weeks”.
“It’s just important that everyone is injury free and hitting format the right time, and hopefully we can produce performances in those games”.
After Dublin lifted their ninth consecutive provincial title, Rock still sees massive value in not only that title but all competitions Dublin are lucky to be involved. And the honour is not lost on any of the Dublin squad.
“We know we’re in a very privileged position representing the Dublin Jersey and we take nothing for granted.”
“We enjoy every competition that we play in and want to win every competition that we play in. So the Leinster Championship is a competition that we’ve enjoyed over the last number of years and we’ve been very lucky to have been so successful in the last number of years”.