Sunday 22 October 2017

'I'm going to be around for the next year and a half at least': Jack McCaffrey ready to rejoin Dublin in 2017

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Former Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey confirmed he is 'available for selection' as he prepares to play for Dublin once again in 2017.

McCaffrey took home the sport's biggest individual prize after a spectacular 2015 season that also saw him win an All Star award and pick up a second All-Ireland medal.

The attacking wing back then took a summer off as he went travelling and did some charity work in Africa, watching from the stand as his team-mates pipped Kerry in a classic semi-final before winning their second straight All-Ireland title.

Speaking at the draw for the Independent.ie Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups today, McCaffrey admitted that it was nice to be a fan for once.

"The Kerry semi-final was unbelievable, I was just back," he told Independent.ie.

"The first All Ireland final was a nightmare to watch, it was one of the most bizarre games of football I have ever seen.

“It was great to go back. It’s a couple of years now since I walked in to Croke Park as a fan. Myself and the family used to go to all the games and it was great to sit with my brother and sisters and just watch the match and kind of get that buzz again. You forget how exciting it is to sit in Croker and watch the lads play."

McCaffrey will once again play in the Sigerson Cup after captaining UCD to glory last season, with the collegiate tournament one of many competitions the 23-year-old will take part in next season.

McCaffrey confirmed that he is ready to rejoin Jim Gavin's Dublin panel ahead of next year's championship.

“Available for selection now," McCaffrey said.

"I am going to be knocking around for the next year and a half at least. We actually only finished the club season on November 27. We got promoted to Division One. I was moving well enough there, I'm happy enough.

“Probably the Sigerson is the next pressing competition. To a certain degree, this never-ending GAA calendar can be good because you just go from competition to competition and it’s a nice way to keep yourself motivated."

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