Dublin stalwarts Dean Rock and Cian O’Sullivan face an anxious month as they aim to be ready for another Championship run

Rock and O'Sullivan sweat for championship start

With a possible two games remaining in this year’s National Football League we’ve been served up a nice combination of youth and experience. But there are still a few players eagerly waiting to make their return. And with the Championship looming large in the distance, we’re now counting down the weeks.

Two of those players still waiting to leap into action are Dublin veterans Dean Rock and Cian O’Sullivan. While a large percentage of Dublin’s first team regulars have seen league action, Rock and O’Sullivan have yet to register any game time.

Speaking at the launch of RTÉ’s Summer of Sport Rock admitted he just has to get it right returning from injury.

“It’s just one of those tricky ones.” said Rock. “It’s just trying to bide my time and get ready for championship.”

While Rock recovers and prepares for the Summer, Whitehall Colmcilles club man Cormac Costello has been a capable replacements. So far Costello has amassed 3-22, neck and neck with Kerry’s David Clifford as top scorer. But will Costello’s run of form come at a cost for Rock?

“That’s the strength of our team, the competition for places. That’s what has made us be successful over the last number of years, that’s what we hope will continue us to be successful.”

“Myself and Cormac have played on the same team on numerous occasions and numerous times”.

O’Sullivan aims to renew championship love affair

On October 17th of last year, Cian O’Sullivan played his last shift for Dublin against Meath in the league campaign. And due to further complications with a long standing hamstring injury, the Kilmacud Crokes man would see no Championship action, as Dublin claimed a record sixth All Ireland title.

Cian’s absence has obviously been dictated by his situaiton but he admits that things are “going well”.

“I’m happy with the progress to date. It’s just a quick season that I don’t get too much time to focus on these things. Everything is geared toward the next three weeks”

A recent injury to Dublin defender John Small leaves a hole to be filled in a strong back six. And a fit Cian O’Sullivan would be a welcome addition to the panel for Dessie Farrell at teh beginning of July. But Cian admits it’s been frustrating.

“It’s been a while. There’s a greater purpose in the team. But every player wants to play every single time, so it’s frustrating when you can’t”.

“But injuries are part of the gig. Every player has their personal story”.

“I’m probably used to watching at this stage”.