All Ireland champions have strength in depth

Updated: January 11, 2012

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Pat Gilroy has a welcome headache selection facing him this year with the Dublin Squad, and the players of the reigning All-Ireland football champions will need to impress their manager in the upcoming months to be included in the squad that defends their title.

The O’Byrne Cup victory over Carlow showed the strength in depth Gilroy’s side have, despite resting a number of key players as well as some other prospects being college-tied for the first cup run of the year.

Despite a number of openings for positions within the Dublin setup, with the likes of veteran David Henry recently retiring, Ross O’Carroll focusing on hurling and Ciaran Kilkenny moving to the AFL, there is still a very healthy competition for places.

Gilroy must choose from the side that beat Carlow by 0-17 to 0-10 with Mossy Quinn and Diarmuid Connolly looking particularly impressive for Dublin, as well as the college stars, with the likes of Dean Rock notching 9 points for his DCU side in their narrow victory over Wicklow.

Nicky Devereux, Rory O’Carroll and James McCarthy are all out to impress in the O’Byrne cup for their respective college sides to try and catch the eye of the Dublin selectors as Gilroy can call on the potential of the All-Ireland Under-21 championsip winning side of 2010 in the summer.

Dublin take on UCD in the next round of the cup at 7.45pm this Saturday and Pat Gilroy will no doubt be ready to give more players a chance to impress in that outing.

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