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Whelan Suggests Cluxton Media Attitude May Have Cost Him All-Stars

Whelan Suggests Cluxton Media Attitude May Have Cost Him All-Stars

The absence of Stephen Cluxton from the PwC Football All-Star team for a fifth consecutive year is one of the major talking points following the announcement of this year's team.

Monaghan's Rory Beggan beat Cluxton to the 2018 award.

2013 was the last time the Dublin goalkeeper was awarded an All-Star. Paul Durcan, Brendan Kealy and David Clarke (twice) have been named ahead of Cluxton in the intervening years.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland, former Dublin footballer, Ciaran Whelan, agreed that Rory Beggan had a great year for his county. However, he believes Cluxton - who does have five All-Stars - should have won it ahead of Beggan.

Whelan also suggested that a lack of media friendliness on Cluxton's behalf - he never gives interviews - may have cost the 37-year-old.

"He was the captain for the last four years and he's hugely influential in everything that's good about Dublin," said Whelan.

He was cool and calm in the All-Ireland final in the second half.

It's hard to believe the way he's been treated over the last three or four years, that he hasn't been in the team. The talk is that it wasn't even close, which is a worrying thing as well, in terms of the vote.

You have to wonder, Stephen hasn't engaged closely with the media over the last nine or ten years and you wonder if that has gone against him.

It's disappointing but the only thing you would say, it wouldn't bother him. He'll push on for another All-Ireland next year.

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The All-Star team was selected by a committee of GAA correspondents chaired by GAA president, John Horan.

RTÉ's Brian Carthy has been a member of that committee for more than 30 years. Speaking on Morning Ireland, an hour prior to Whelan, he dismissed the notion that Cluxton's lack of interaction with the media has cost him All-Star awards over the past five seasons.

"People come in very well prepared and they argue strongly for each player," said Carthy.

"I don't think that would be the case at all and it would reflect very poorly on the committee. I wouldn't accept that."

Kerry football Tomás Ó Sé has been among those to state that Cluxton should have won this year.

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