Sunday 19 November 2017

McCaffrey: I thought Philly would win award

Jack McCaffrey
Jack McCaffrey

Jack McCaffrey says he probably hasn't "come to terms with" his Footballer of the Year award.

The Clontarf defender became just the second man, along with Seán Cavanagh, to win the gong having previously been awarded Young Player of the Year, seeing off the claims of Dublin team mates, Bernard Brogan and Philly McMahon in a vote amongst the inter-county playing fraternity.

"I never really thought that the Player of the Year was going to be for me," he told The Herald.

"And I never really worried about it either.

"You had Philly there, who was so good for us in the last three games. You had Bernard, who shot the lights out.

"I still probably haven't come to terms with it," he added.

"Playing for Dublin, even, every now and then I have to take a step back. I'm living my dream at the minute."

"I thought once Philly was nominated, that he was going to win. Because I think most players know that the media buzz around Philly is a bit over stated.


"Philly is a hard-hitting but honest player. Once he was on the ballot, I thought he would get it.

"And Bernard was the dark horse. Everybody likes Bernard Brogan!"

On the subject of RTÉ's documentary 'All-Ireland Day,' in which referee David Coldrick was mic'd unbeknownst to either set of players, McCaffrey reckoned that those involved should have been made aware of the arrangement.

"I'd say if Croke Park had told our management team, they wouldn't have told us for fear that it might distract us.

"But at the same time, I wouldn't like my poor Grandma to be listening to me cursing on national television!

"Look, I'll watch it at some stage," he added.

"But they should just be careful. We're amateurs.

"If they can make more of those sort of documentaries without upsetting anybody, that'd be great."

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