Sherlock eyes Dublin return

Sherlock eyes Dublin return

The message was clear from Jason Sherlock, Dublin's darling of their last All-Ireland SFC success back in 1995 - I'm still ready, willing and able.

Sherlock has not been part of Dublin manager Pat Gilroy's plans so far in 2010, and a recall at this stage of the summer seems unlikely for the 34-year-old forward.

But that did not stop Sherlock from expressing his desire to pull on his county's jersey once again, when questioned by reporters at a promotional launch in the capital.

"Dublin means an awful lot to me and I have been very fortunate to wear the Dublin jersey. If Dublin felt in any way that I could offer anything, I would be back in a second," he said

"Like all players, I'm still competitive. I would feel that, whether that diminishes or wanes as you get older, I don't know. It certainly hasn't gone out of me yet.

"At the same time, there is no bad blood there and I still want to see Dublin winning an All-Ireland. I still believe they can win an All-Ireland and I feel that I might be able to help."

Sherlock has not played for Dublin since last August's All-Ireland quarter-final hammering by Kerry, but has maintained a high level of fitness through gym sessions and training and playing for St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh.

The Dubs have adopted a far more defensive approach this year, and Gilroy obviously feels that a player of Sherlock's type would not fit into the system.

"I met Pat and he felt that he didn't see me as part of the panel. That was his opinion," explained Sherlock.

"Obviously, I disagree in the sense that I think I have something to offer. I am still training away with the club and all that, and if things were to change, I haven't retired. Pat knows that.

"I met him around Christmas time and I knew he was looking to change things in terms of personnel so I suppose, in that sense, I knew it was unlikely that I would be involved.

"I went in and played my club Championship match (in May) and then I met him. So I suppose it wasn't a surprise, but, at the same time, it was disappointing."

A let down it may have been, but 'Jayo' bears no ill feeling towards Gilroy who, he says, is there to make the tough decisions.

"Pat is the manager, he has to do things the way he sees them. There is no issue in terms of personality or anything like that, it was just a logistical disagreement.

"I'm still training away and if things were to change, obviously Pat knows where I am."

Sherlock is willing his former team-mates to get over the first hurdle in the All-Ireland qualifiers this weekend - they face Tipperary at Croke Park - and get their campaign back on track.

Of his own footballing future, he is less certain.

"To be honest, I don't know. At the moment we (St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh) are due to play in the club Championship in August, that's eight weeks away and I'm focused on being as fit as I can be for that," he added.

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