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McCarthy believes Kickhams stars are ready to step up

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James McCarthy

James McCarthy

James McCarthy

Ballymun's barnstorming return to the capital's club football summit could provide a major boost to Dublin manager Dessie Farrell, according to James McCarthy.

The Kickhams captain believes some of their young guns could be pressing for late county call-ups ahead of next month's league resumption followed by a straight knockout championship.

Six Ballymun players are already part of the Dublin panel: McCarthy, Philly McMahon, Dean Rock, brothers John and Paddy Small, plus 'keeper Evan Comerford.

"John Small's probably been playing the best football I've seen him play. Paddy Small's playing really well," McCarthy enthused.

"There'll be other lads who've put their hands for a call-up. Look at Cameron McCormack. He's been outstanding all year in the championship. What a footballer for a big man - skill, good hands - so I think these guys could get a chance with Dublin as well."

McCarthy hailed this year's split-season, club followed by county, as a godsend for Ballymun's Dublin cohort.

"You're coming back (to the club) a lot of the time broke up, injured, carrying something," he said of previous seasons.

"You've been on the go for eight years, playing replays against Mayo or Kerry, and you're just tired and it's really hard to try and get going."