Good point. But the advantage we have these days compared to the past, lads with talent but not the same physical attributes as others get more of a chance because they’re coming into a strong, settled situation full of support and the right motivation. In the past those lads got targeted by oppo, didn’t get the same support at all, were not in a strong, settled, experienced squad full of belief, and there was a lot less patience for them amongst their own, the coach always under more pressure etc.
It’s one of the things I’ve really been enjoying the last few years, these lads are getting and giving payback for all those years from 86-2011 when the Barneys, Conroys, Dullys, Bolgers, Vinnies, Cosgroves, Vaughans, Collies, Dermo in the early days, and many others couldn’t realise their full potential. Dermo would have been the latest, and Kev, and Paddy A, Deano, maybe even Jack, Costello, Mannion, OGara, Bastick, maybe even Fento would all have been no more than Dublin legends or nearly men but for the environment and squad that came about from 2010 onwards