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Jim Gavin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Jim Gavin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Jim Gavin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

WITH untimely talk of a Dublin/Donegal semi-final discarded as premature ahead of tomorrow's last eight double-header, Jim Gavin has warned that Monaghan - and Monaghan alone - are Dublin's "biggest threat."

"What you're looking for after each game is for the team to grow," he added.

"They were very close to beating Tyrone in the quarter-final last year, having won Ulster in 2013," he pointed out. "They would see themselves as having grown since then and they have.

"They had a very impressive national football league campaign, culminating in a very good win over Donegal in Croke Park. At this level, all teams are looking for incremental progress as each season goes on."

"If we remain static, other teams will pass us by," the Dubs boss warned. "There's always lessons learned in every performance that we have and there are also areas you always go after.

"Some things are done well and some things aren't done so well. We're always trying to grow as a team and I think we have."

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