Chris Crummey at the launch of Subaru’s link up with Dublin GAA. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

LUCAN Sarsfields star Chris Crummey is looking forward to a big year for Dublin hurling as changes to the panel could see him adopt a new role as an experienced player in a youthful squad.
With the Cuala players currently missing from the panel due to their All-Ireland semi-final against Derry champions Slaughtneil next month, Dublin manager Ger Cunningham gave opportunities to several new players during the two recent Walsh Cup wins.
Such is the youthful nature of the squad at the moment that Crummey, at 23-years-old, is regarded as one of the more experienced players and it is a situation he is enjoying.
“It has been great,” Crummey said at the launch of Dublin GAA’s new partnership with Subaru. “I would much rather be playing games than training so the more games we get the better; it has been great to see all the fresh faces come in and do so well so far.
“The lads who have come straight in from the minors are performing well and are not short of confidence at all, which is great. Hopefully they can continue those performances during the remaining games of the Walsh Cup and into the league.”
After flirting with success over the last few years, Dublin dropped back last year, bowing out of the championship to Cork in the qualifiers.
According to Crummey, consistency is something they need to improve on.
“In previous years, it has been one of our downfalls and it is something we are really striving to achieve this year. We can only control our own performances and get the most out of ourselves.”
The defender has been in and around the squad for several years now and could be an important player for Dublin in their quest to come out of another transitional year with a panel capable of winning provincial titles and beyond.
“I am a year older and a year more experienced but I don’t feel any burden to take on extra responsibility.
“I suppose as you do get older, you do probably get more vocal in the dressing room because I have learned a lot from leaders like Stephen Hiney and Johnny McCaffrey.
“It is a great opportunity for the new lads to take a place in the team and give Ger as many headaches as possible going into the championship.”

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