Star Dublin forward Paul Mannion says the players are as hungry for success as ever this season despite dominating the senior football landscape throughout the noughties.
Dublin won five Allianz Leagues and seven All-Ireland titles during the noughties, including an historic five-in-a-row championships, but Mannion insists that they are keen for more silverware this season.
Speaking at the launch of Eirsport coverage of the Allianz Leagues (which includes ten LIVE football and five LIVE hurling matches) over the coming weeks, the Kilmacud Crokes clubman said:
“We’ve had a few months off to celebrate and reflect on that achievement and now we’re focusing on where can we actually go from here. And just trying to move that ceiling, I guess, and just focus on one game at a time and trying to get better as individuals and as a team and see where that takes us.
“When we’re all retired we can all look back on it.
“It really wasn’t so much: ‘Here we go for five and we’ll all ride off into the sunset’. It was nothing like that at all. Stephen Cluxton is a great example of that. He won Footballer of the Year, five All-Irelands in a row, captain through it all, and people might have thought that it was a good time for him to step away, but I’ve never seen him more hungry and looking forward to a new season.
“I think that’s really set the tone and everyone is dying to get back in and see how far we can actually can go and not stop at five.”
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