All the players that I feel have real potential to break through are forwards.
Costello (breaking through is probably the wrong phrase), Small, O’Gara once he gets over the injury, Basquel and Byrne. Personally I think McHugh has been given a fair few shots at it and never left a lasting impression, if it doesn’t click for him this year he could miss his chance.
All of these lads are probably fighting for 1 spot based on last years championship team + Diarmo. You would imagine Gavin won’t drop Kilkenny, Con, Diarmo, Rock or Mannion if he keeps up his form. You add in Scully, Flynn, Brogan, Carthy, Andrews, O’Gara and Kev Mac to that fight and we are very healthy up top. As mentioned above maybe Costello could challenge Rock but Rock really is Gavin’s man, he trusts him and has done it on the biggest of stages imaginable so I don’t see it.
If any of these lads can break into the 26 then they will have done fantastically well, any more than that is a bonus IMO.
Maybe in 2019 when there are 4 or 5 of the above pushing on past 32/33 and perhaps one or 2 retired there will be more chances in the 15. The future looks bright