Former All-Ireland SFC winner Oisín McConville says there is still enough time for Jack McCaffrey to opt in for the 2020 inter-county season as the Dubs chase six-in-a-row under new boss Dessie Farrell.
News emerged at the weekend that the 2015 Footballer of the Year would not be available for Dublin for this year's condensed All-Ireland championship.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland, McConville said the nature of the respective formats for club and county may lead some players to think it might be a good year to concentrate on the former, but he stressed that the inter-county championship is still three months away and there is plenty of time for players to change their mind.
"We accept that there are players who are going to opt out this year," said the Armagh man.
"Obviously, anyone who is in that medical sphere is going to be thinking twice and have more important things on their mind.
"But we are talking about a competition that is over three months away. A lot of things can change in that time and I'm pretty sure that Dessie Farrell and those Dublin guys will be holding out hope that things change dramatically.
"The first thing to think about is we probably thought we weren't going to have any football. Now we are, a lot of the thinking has changed.
"A lot of people will hope that in the next three months Jack McCaffrey might change his mind and be part of that Dublin squad because if we think of the impact he had last year, he's going to be someone they'd miss dreadfully.
"A lot of players are looking at both the club and inter-county. They're thinking it's one chance at inter-county, it's a lot to put into possibly one game.
"There's a possibility of getting knocked out very early. Most club championships are round-robin so you're entitled to three, four, five games in some counties.
"I think players will look at that and I think, 'it's a good time to commit to my club'."
While the format adopted for the 2020 football championship - essentially a return to the system that prevailed prior to 2001 - has divided opinion, with many arguing it was a chance missed to jettison the provincial structures, McConville says that one benefit of the straight knockout element is that it potentially brings a wider array of teams into the mix for All-Ireland honours.
He said: "The good thing about the knockout championship is it probably brings another four or five teams into the reckoning.
"Any team in that top 10 will be thinking, 'all we've got to do is take one or two scalps and all of a sudden, we've got a real opportunity to get to a semi-final, a final, or even win the All-Ireland'.
"A lot of teams will be clinging on to that and it will bring added importance to it for those teams just outside the top six."
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