Ciarán Murphy: Uncertainty around Stephen Cluxton in line with a man we never really knew

We should be thankful for such a man – one who still wants to keep a few secrets

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton walks down the tunnel after lifting the Sam Maguire last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton walks down the tunnel after lifting the Sam Maguire last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If Stephen Cluxton really has played his last game for Dublin, you’d have to say this is all pretty on-brand. No announcement, no formal statement, no twitter goodbye. He will be the Dublin goalkeeper, captain, talisman and game-changer . . . until the moment he isn’t.

We still obviously don’t know if he’s retired or not. We know that he played outfield for his club Parnells last weekend, in a round of fixtures that no-one involved with the Dublin senior football team would ordinarily have been cleared to play in if they were going to be involved this week against Wexford in the Leinster championship.

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