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Dublin manager Jim Gavin has confirmed that 2015 Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey will miss the 2016 All-Ireland Championship.
Speaking exclusively to Setanta Sports after Dublin’s league win over Cork, Gavin revealed that the Clontarf man is heading to Africa as part of his studies in UCD.
McCaffrey is the second Dublin regular that Gavin will be without for the Championship after Rory O’Carroll revealed earlier in the year that he is travelling to New Zealand.
Gavin admitted that Dublin will miss the influential McCaffrey but he insists that the door is always open for the 22-year-old.
“At the moment, Jack won’t be with us for the championship. He’s a fourth year medical student in UCD,” Gavin Confirmed.
“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.”
Gavin revealed that the 22-year-old had been considering the move for some time and informed the Dublin boss of his decision a number of weeks ago.
“A few weeks back, he just let us know that that was in his thoughts and that’s something he wants to do. We’ve always espoused them to get the balance in their life and the choices that they make will really define them.
“He’s 23 years of age, he’s got his life ahead of him. We’d like to have Jack around but my concentration now is the players that I have and trying to get a performance against Down next week.
“I worked with Jack since 21’s, so we know each other very well. I understand the type of man that he is.
“He put a lot of consideration into his decision. We fully respect that and fully support him.”