On Saturday, Dessie Farrell, for the first time will send a Dublin senior time out into action when they face Longford in the O'Byrne Cup semi-final.

Yet, for the new man at the helm, one question dominates in these early January days and that's whether Stephen Cluxton will be part of the scene in the months ahead.

There had been speculation that the 38-year-old would hang up his boots after winning the Footballer of the Year award and captaining the Dubs to five in a row last year but Farrell revealed today that in all likelihood Cluxton will be back between the posts.

Speaking at a media unveiling at AIG's office in Dublin on Friday morning, Jim Gavin's successor revealed that he had been in contact with the multiple All-Ireland winner. 

"I've met with Stephen and he's indicated that he's very keen to stay involved," he said.

"A lot of you would be aware that he's just after going through some surgery on his shoulder there, so that's going to take some time to recover and he needs the time to rehab that.

"But he's very keen and intent and staying involved and staking a claim."

Stephen Cluxton is set to miss most of the Allianz League

As things stand, however, Cluxton does look set to miss most of the upcoming league, with Farrell adding: "I think it was just that there was a little bit more to do on it than he thought, but we'd hope to see him back on the field towards the end of March, I think."

Farrell was more definite when asked whether other senior players may consider their future?

"No, they're all involved, absolutely," he explained

"I think it was just that there was a little bit more to do on it than he thought, but we'd hope to see him back on the field towards the end of March, I think.

"I know what that feels like, I came through seven different managers, so I can understand how some of those more senior players might feel about it, and maybe that sense of uncertainty, but I think, in my view anyway, they've all been fantastic servants of Dublin football and under our watch they're definitely going to get a chance to stake a claim and to impress the new management team."

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As to who will form part of the new management ticket, Farrell, you sense is keen to get the right people in place. 

"Obviously given the sudden nature of Jim's resignation over Christmas and the team and backroom team being away on holidays, there's still a few bits and pieces to put together.

"But we're well down the road on it and I'm happy with where I'm at with it now, and obviously there are some big decisions to be made there that aren't just going to impact on this season, but over the next couple of seasons, so I'm happy to take my time in making those decisions, but over the next few weeks we should have it finalised and it will be under constant review as ever.

"And I don't mean to be awkward yet but with the lads being away and everything else, I'd prefer to fill them in first rather than sort of announce it in public, without letting them know.

"So there's a timing thing around this and obviously they're back over the next couple of days (from a team holiday in Bali) and will be back training next weekend, so I hope to be able to address the lads on that basis next week."

Dublin will host Kerry in the opening round of the Allianz Football League