Paul Griffin spent five months in Australia earlier this year - but he resisted the temptation to dabble in Rule Football there.
Griffin was just happy to enjoy a break away from the hurly-burly of gaelic football with Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin.
On his return, he was once again pitched into the Dublin line-up by the then manager Paul Caffrey and resumed duty with the Crokes, helping them into tomorrow’s AIB Leinster Club football final in which they will meet Offaly champions Rhode.
Griffin’s versatility has underscored the Crokes drive for glory but the busy physiotherapist is under no illusions about the task ahead.
“Maybe some people did not fancy Rhode to come through but they have been impressive,” points out Griffin.
He may well find himself going head to head with Rhode marksman Niall McNamee, an experienced Offaly campaigner while Anto O’Sullivan, a prodigiously talented 17-year-old, will also hope to cause problems for the Crokes.
The Magee brothers Jonny and Darren, Mark Vaughan, Kevin Nolan, Fermanagh’s Liam McBarron and Wexford ace Adrian Morrissey all help to give the Crokes a seasoned look that suggests they will come out on top.