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Dublin footballer Dean Rock supporting the roll-out of ‘AIG BoxClever’ insurance for young drivers. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin footballer Dean Rock supporting the roll-out of ‘AIG BoxClever’ insurance for young drivers. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin footballer Dean Rock at Parnell Park, in Dublin, to support the roll-out of ‘AIG BoxClever’ insurance for young drivers across Ireland. BoxClever is an innovative proposition that promotes and rewards safe driving that can help secure lower car insurance premiums.

Dublin footballer Dean Rock at Parnell Park, in Dublin, to support the roll-out of ‘AIG BoxClever’ insurance for young drivers across Ireland. BoxClever is an innovative proposition that promotes and rewards safe driving that can help secure lower car insurance premiums.

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Dublin footballer Dean Rock supporting the roll-out of ‘AIG BoxClever’ insurance for young drivers. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin star Dean Rock has admitted that their recent Covid training breach is “something that never should have happened” with the star forward insisting that the high-profile incident was “deeply regrettable”.

The six-in-a-row All-Ireland SFC winners were at the centre of a public outcry last month when the Irish Independent published exclusive pictures of a selection of Dublin stars including Brian Fenton and Jonny Cooper taking part in a secret early-morning training session at Innisfails GAA Club.

The fallout from the unsanctioned training session saw manager Dessie Farrell suspended for 12 weeks, while Dublin also lost home advantage for one of their Allianz Football League games following a GAA investigation.

“It obviously created a lot of attention and rightfully so,” Rock said yesterday. “It was a deeply regrettable incident that never should have happened and it’s something that we regret.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing and after experiencing it now, it should never have happened and would never happen again so it’s something that we’ve taken accountability for and taken the punishment.

“Sometimes as an inter-county footballer you maybe think that it’s the most important thing out there and the only important thing going on, whereas on reflection and in hindsight, there’s far more important things in life than Gaelic football and sport.

“That’s one of the big learnings for me to take away from it and I know that’s the same for the lads as well. It’s just one of those things that never should have happened, it did happen, we apologised and we’re just looking forward to moving on.”

Rock admitted that “if we could go back in time it certainly wouldn’t have happened,” while also stating that “it’s not for me to comment on,” when asked if they were the unfortunate ones to be caught when some other counties may have been doing likewise.

Kerry boss Peter Keane outlined his belief that Dublin’s training breach “was unfair on society in general,” when commenting earlier this week, but Rock offered no excuses for their actions while also stating that the session was a one-off.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and it’s certainly not something that I, or I don’t think the team, would comment on other people’s situation like that, but he’s very much entitled to his opinion on it. That’s his opinion and we can’t control it,” Rock said of Keane.

“The GAA did their investigation and they were happy with it. I imagine they have a report. That was it, the lads were there on the day and that was it, there was no more. The GAA handed down a suspension to Dessie and the team for the away games, and that was it.”

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