Monday 18 December 2017

Confirmed: Jack McCaffrey to miss Dublin's All Ireland title defence

Jack McCaffrey will miss this year's Championship
Jack McCaffrey will miss this year's Championship

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has confirmed that player of the year Jack McCaffrey will miss this year's Championship due to work commitments abroad.

As exclusively revealed by the Herald this week, McCaffrey will travel abroad for work commitments.

“At the moment, Jack won’t be with us for the championship," said Gavin, speaking on Setanta Sports after his team's 2-14 to 2-10 win over Cork tonight.

"He’s a fourth year medical student in UCD. Jack will be heading off to Africa to get some volunteer work in a hospital there for the summer and then doing some travelling afterwards.

“We’ve known this for some time, we’ve given Jack time to reflect on it. He’s part of the big Dublin GAA family.

“He knows that we’re there for him whenever he wants to return back to play with the county and he’ll always be welcome back.”

Jim Gavin has already lost one of his All Star defenders for the season following the announcement, in January, that  full-back Rory O’Carroll was withdrawing from the 2016 squad because of an imminent move to New Zealand.

In that context, losing the jet-heeled McCaffrey is a huge double-whammy to Dublin dreams of becoming the first county, since Kerry in 2007, to retain Sam Maguire.

The All Star wing-back has already put down a busy early spring schedule on the football field.

He came off the bench during Dublin’s opening two outings in Division One of the Allianz League – against Kerry in Croke Park and then Mayo in Castlebar, where he played virtually the entire game.

More recently, McCaffrey skippered UCD to their first Sigerson Cup success in 20 years – but a hamstring injury picked up over the finals weekend in Belfast led to him sitting out Dublin’s Croke Park victory over Monaghan last weekend.

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