Dublin football manager Dessie Farrell has confirmed that Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion will rejoin his panel next year.

2015 Footballer of the Year McCaffrey (28) walked away before the Dubs secured their sixth All-Ireland title in a row in 2020 and three-time All-Star forward Mannion (29) stepped away at the end of that season.

Their return will be a huge boost to Dublin's prospects of regaining Sam Maguire.

"Good news is we'll have Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion rejoin the squad next year," Farrell told Dubs TV.

"That will be a great help to us in terms of the development and continuous evolution of the team and the squad."

Mannion was in action for Kilmacud Crokes in their Dublin SFC quarter-final win over Cuala last night, and was forced off with an ankle injury.

Defender McCaffrey has not appeared for Clontarf in championship this year.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport earlier this week, the pair's former team-mate Philly McMahon said "it would be a big statement to get them two lads back".

"It would be two extra players for other counties to be worried about. Even if they didn't play heavily in the start of the campaign, it's still a stronger bench to have.

"I watched Paul Mannion [play for Kilmacud Crokes] against Templeogue Synge St in championship, they were on our game before Cuala, and he was kicking the lights out. Popping them over from 45 yards out, burning players on the end line.

"If he's willing to get in and add the energy to the group and the same with Jack.

"I haven’t seen Jack playing club football so I don’t know where he’s at but Paul Mannion would definitely bring energy to the group if he’s willing to put the work in that everybody else would, which I’m sure he would."