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16 September 2013; Dublin's Bryan Cullen during a press event ahead of their GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final against Mayo on Sunday. Dublin Senior Football Team Press Event, Parnell Park, Donnycarney, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

The Dublin County Board has announced that Bryan Cullen is the new High Performance Manager for Dublin GAA.

Cullen, who was captain when Dublin won their first All-Ireland for sixteen years in 2011, has spent the past four years with Leinster rugby as strength and conditioning coach.

The move comes as Martin Kennedy, the senior football squad’s athletic coach for the last three years takes up a new role with the IRFU.

Kennedy has been appointed as national talent strength and conditioning coach, which is a full-time role.

The Dublin GAA statement released last night confirmed the new appointment, saying Cullen would be “entrusted with developing a long-term player pathway from juvenile to senior level for the county’s players, as well as taking a lead role in the strength and conditioning of all our inter-county teams”.

As high performance director Cullen is expected to oversee the strength and conditioning of all Dublin squads. But he will place focus too on the seniors.

He had previously worked with Jim Gavin at U-21 level and was also involved with Anthony Daly’s hurlers.

Cullen only announced his retirement in early 2015 so he will already know almost all the senior panel well. Having recently completed a PhD in DCU he will take up his new role in the next few weeks.