Dessie Farrell has said Stephen Cluxton has not retired but has asked for time to consider his future as Dublin captain and goalkeeper.
In the aftermath of their eight-point win over Wexford in the Leinster quarter-final, Farrell, back on the sidelines after a three-month suspension, said he was unsure whether Cluxton would be back for a 21st season.
He confirmed there had been contact, Cluxton had done a few sessions with goalkeeper coach Josh Moran but was now back with his club, Parnells.
“I don’t know, that’s the honest answer,” Farrell said of the eight-time All-Ireland legend’s future. “It’s not that we’re trying to play here in any way,” Farrell said.
“He asked for the time and I think he deserves it. Ultimately his service to the county has been immense.
“When a man asks to step away and take time, I think a player like Stephen Cluxton deserves it and we all have to respect that.”
Farrell has said there will be no deadline for a return as the season kicks off and unfolds.
“We have always operated on the basis of an open door policy,” he said.
“It was the same for the last management team and it is the same for all the teams that I manage. If there are players there and they are ready to contribute, and that them and we think they have a contribution to make, so the door is open for sure. “
Farrell took the time to issue a personal apology for some of the team who violated a Covid training ban in late March for which he served a three-month ban.
“It was difficult,” he said of the suspension. “Difficult and challenging is all relative to the context of what the country is going through over the past 18 months. I am 100% sorry that this has happened and I think in the end as a manager of the team , this decision is up to me and I take full responsibility for this.
“And I take this opportunity again to apologize. This is not the standard that I set for myself on a personal level. I failed on that front. All you can do is shoot them. teachings and move on and that’s what we did. “
Dublin’s performance was “flat”, he admitted, while grateful to Wexford for putting on such a lively performance.