Jim Gavin says that Jason Sherlock is "as committed to the Dublin players as much as I am" despite reports suggesting that Sherlock had left the Dubs backroom team.

During the week there were reports that the 1995 All-Ireland winner has left his role with the five in-a-row chasing All-Ireland champions.

But he was on the sideline for the Boys in Blue’s thrilling Allianz Football League Division 1 defeat to Kerry in Tralee.

Gavin refused to say whether or not Sherlock had actually left the set-up, but insisted that he was committed to the cause.

"You probably need to speak to the journalist who reported that; reports on rumour and conjecture," said Gavin, speaking to RTÉ Sport when asked about the reports.

"Jason was here tonight and he’s committed to the Dublin players as much as I am."

Tempers flared after the game

Dublin were reduced to 14 men for the final quarter following Michael Fitzsimons’ second yellow card, but they still clawed their way back from five points down to draw level in stoppage time.

They couldn’t hang on and Peter Crowley popped up to score the winner for the Kingdom at the death.

Gavin said: "Of course, disappointed not to get the two points, but I thought the application from our guys was outstanding.

"They tried really hard, fitness levels are a long way off Kerry’s, but we hope to close that gap and that game will bring us on for our next game against Mayo.

"We’re four weeks back now. We have series of games now coming up against Mayo and Roscommon that will bring us on an awful lot. We have club action next week and then we prepare for the Mayo match.

"We’re very happy with where we’re at and we have a number of players to come back."

Keane welcomes the final whistle

Kerry boss Peter Keane was understandably pleased with his team’s 1-18 to 2-14 win – the manner of victory as much as the result.

"We showed great heart and character," he said.

"We coughed up two goals before half-time and we weren’t that happy with that because we had been going well, but we went down the field to kick a point after each goal to steady the ship again.

"It’s very early in the year and I wouldn’t get too carried away with it. The league isn’t a huge priority – if there’s a win going, we’ll take it and we have three from three now, but that’s not what we set out to achieve in this league.

"Our plan was to form a structure on this team. It’s great to have won, but we’re not getting carried away."