Dublin legend Barney Rock believes his son Dean has proven himself to be much more than a 'super sub' ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland final against Mayo.
Dean has made an impact in all of his five Championship appearances from the bench this summer, scoring a brace of points in each.
Barney, also spoke in support of Dublin's other 'super sub' Kevin McManamon, and told The Examiner: “He’s (Dean) only got the last 25 minutes or so in the last two games.
“Up to the Leinster final, he was getting 10 minutes. He’s been playing well in training and scoring regularly. It’s part of his game, he’s a natural scorer.
“Kevin (McManamon), on the other hand, started well in the league campaign. He’s not just a goal-getter either. It gets to Dean a bit because he doesn’t want to be a super sub. He wants to be in the team.”
He continued: “Last year he helped Dublin win the O’Byrne Cup. They beat an under-strength Kildare team in the final but he scored 2-3 and laid on the pass for the winning goal for Philly McMahon.
“He was top scorer in that as well as for the 21s when they went all the way and was top scorer for Ballymun in Dublin, Leinster and the All-Ireland. I’m delighted for him because I know the work he puts in and the want for success he has.
“Once he comes on you know he can make an impact. At this stage, I never have any doubts about him because he knows his own ability. He would feel he has a central role to play. ”
Live television coverage of the All-Ireland Football final between Dublin and Mayo from 14:15 on Sunday 22 September on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action from 13:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).