GAA | Jack McCaffrey steps away from inter-county football

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Jack McCaffrey has stepped away from the Dublin panel for the 2020 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

Four-time All-Star McCaffrey, who has won five All-Ireland titles with the Boys in Blue, has featured in just one league match for Dessie Farrell’s men this year.

According to a report in the Sunday Independent, there are “strong indications” that the Dublin wing-back may “effectively retire from inter-county football and focus on his club Clontarf.”

The former Footballer of the Year came off the bench in Dublin’s Division 1 clash against Tyrone, but was later substituted after picking up an injury.

Clontarf native McCaffrey, who is a qualified doctor, also chose to step away from the Dublin panel in 2016 in order to go travelling, which meant he missed out on the second of the county’s All-Ireland triumphs in the historic five-in-a-row run under Jim Gavin.

Former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey says McCaffrey will be an “immeasurable” loss to the squad.

The explosive wing-back has been named as man of the match in the last two All-Ireland finals for his influential performances against Tyrone and Kerry respectively.

“If you were picking the top five present Dublin players, out of the whole squad that’s available, Jack McCaffrey is definitely in the top five,” he said, in quotes reported by Indepdent.ie.

“It’s immeasurable how much of a loss he’s going to be. He’s one of your first names on the team sheet and, because a lot of this year’s championship is going to be played in Croke Park, he’s one of those guys whose skill-set gives him a huge advantage playing in Croke Park.”

In other GAA news, referee David Gough has ruled himself out of officiating matches as long as social distancing rules remain in place.

The Meathman says he will not referee at either club or inter-county level until the social distancing rules are changed.