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Dublin will find a way: Curran backs Blues to overcome loss of Jack

 

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LOSS: Jack McCaffrey. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

LOSS: Jack McCaffrey. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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LOSS: Jack McCaffrey. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Paul Curran is backing Dublin's collective strength to overcome the individual loss of Jack McCaffrey.

"This team has proved in the last five or six years that no matter who goes or who's injured, they just crack on," the former Dublin star stressed.

"The importance of the group is the thing that's sold most to the players - that it's not about the individual, it's about the group dynamic.

"They've proved that over the last couple of years. When the same fella did his cruciate early in that (2017 All-Ireland) final, they were able to cope. When Rory (O'Carroll) stepped away, they were able to cope.

"These fellas are, I won't say programmed because they're not robots, but they're so well schooled … I don't think it'll bother them at all.

"It's an opportunity for somebody else to come in," said Curran of McCaffrey's decision to depart the panel.

"That's the way they've been operating under Jim (Gavin) in particular and I think that will carry this year as well, because you're probably looking at two managers who are fairly similar and have a lot of things in common, in Dessie (Farrell) and Jim."

He believes Farrell has sufficient half-back options, even if McCaffrey's rare mix of blinding speed, game intelligence and goalscoring prowess ensured a huge end product.

"If you look back at any of the great attacking half-backs, all of them had different things but Jack has everything," Curran noted.