Stephen Cluxton has revealed that he is yet to make a decision about his retirement from intercounty football.
Not that his legacy needed to be cemented at this point, but Friday’s 2019 PwC Footballer of the Year award capped off what has been a record-breaking career in the Dublin jersey.
However, asked if he has any retirement plans, he indicated he is currently undecided.
“It’s a tough question, I suppose,” he said, “We still haven’t finished this year. There’s still two months to go before I’ll maybe ask myself that question. It will probably be in January.
“I’ll obviously have to talk to Jim [Gavin] and see what part he wants me to play next year. He might not want me around and that would be completely fine with me. If he feels that the other two goalkeepers are ready then I’m absolutely ready to step away.
“If he thinks I have something more to offer, then I would probably need to have a good think about it because it’s not easy just to continue going. So, I probably won’t be asking myself that question until January.”
After playing with the Sky Blues since 2001, he did acknowledge that it would be strange to find himself away from the setup although he will have more time for his other pursuits.
“In fairness all of my siblings have had to put up with me at one stage or another,” he noted. “I’d feel sorry for them more than for anybody else. I’ve missed weddings, I’ve missed baptisms and communions and confirmations and things like that and they’ve been very understanding. My brother and sisters are just so understanding. Again, without their support I wouldn’t have started that journey.