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Dessie on Dublin’s win in Cork and return of “optimist” McCaffrey

Dessie Farrell reflects on Dublin’s win over Cork and the return of former Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey

Dessie Farrell reflects on Dublin’s win over Cork and the return of Jack McCaffrey

Dessie Farrell has hailed the return of the “eternal optimist” that is Jack McCaffrey.

The Clontarf flier hadn’t played a competitive outing for the Dubs in 1,087 days before his second-half introduction against the Rebels and the former Footballer of the Year displayed all of his old energy and enthusiasm with a crucial late point to help see them home, 0-18 to 2-10

“Jack’s been a great addition to the squad, not just for what he can do outside (on the pitch) but just his mere presence around the place,” Farrell said of the 29-year-old.

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“He’s a very bubbly character and he’s always in good form, the eternal optimist. It’s great to have him back.”

Paul Mannion may struggle to feature in their League campaign, in what has been an injury-hit couple of seasons for the Kilmacud Crokes man.

The forward had surgery on his ankle last autumn before returning in the All-Ireland club SFC win against Glen last month but he is some distance away from making an appearance in sky blue.

“His ankle still wasn’t right so he took some time out to rehab but we expect him, he’s been rehabbing with the group, so we don’t expect to see him for another couple of weeks.”

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