Dublin hurling star Niall Corcoran admits the team may have got sidetracked this season and need to mature.
Yesterday, county chairman Andy Kettle revealed Anthony Daly, who is almost certain to return as manager, is likely to be more vigilant with how his players deal with the media as well as using social networks.
Corcoran admitted: “A lot of the boys are on Twitter, including myself, and Facebook, but in fairness to the lads there’s not too many secrets given away on Twitter.
“But you look on the flip side of the coin and I don’t think I see many Kilkenny players on Twitter.
“I suppose, looking forward, maybe, we need to mature a bit as a group. Hopefully next year that will happen.
“Playing with Dublin and the year we had last year we got a lot of attention from the media and the social side of things.
“It’s only a matter of handling that side of things and if we can do that a bit better I think we’ll be all a bit happier.”
Corcoran felt Dublin were missing the killer instinct this summer that they had when they almost beat Tipperary in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.
“I think we all felt a bit stale. Maybe the sharpness wasn’t there. The killer instinct we had last year just wasn’t there. That was proven in the league.
“As a group of players it’s up to us to get that back.
“Looking at Donegal last week, this time last year they were beaten in an All-Ireland semi-final by Dublin and they’ve come back stronger and hungrier this year.
“There’s no reason we can’t do that. I think it’s something for the players to sit down and talk about.”
Galway-born Corcoran is delighted Daly is all but nailed down to manage Dublin for a fifth season.
“We’re 99% certain he’s staying and that’s a positive thing. As I’ve said before, what he’s done for Dublin hurling in the last four years — two Leinster finals and a National League — we have been on an upward curve.
“This year, obviously, a lot of things went wrong and with a bit of tweaking next year hopefully we can get back to where we were in 2011.”
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