Meath football legend Trevor Giles has suggested Dublin’s dominance won’t continue forever, pointing out they could easily suffer a dip in standards, like the Leinster rugby team has.
Giles had a three-year stint as selector alongside current Meath manager Mick O’Dowd though they were unable to overcome Dublin in that period and, if anything, lost ground on their neighbours and greatest rivals.
Giles, a two-time All-Ireland medallist in the 1990s, said he has no doubt the situation will change at some stage and Meath will be at least a match for the current All-Ireland champions in the future. At present, Dublin are chasing a four-in-a-row of Allianz League titles and, later in the season, a fourth All-Ireland title since 2011, while Meath’s immediate target is promotion back to Division 1.
“No doubt things will change,” said Giles. “You look at the Leinster rugby team, a few years ago everybody was saying they were brilliant, their academies were brilliant and attendances were great. But once you lose a couple of players, the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, they are very hard to replace. I think things will change a bit.”
Giles was a selector during last year’s championship campaign before stepping down. He insisted the departure was simply due to the time constraints as a self-employed physio with three children.
He said from his involvement with the Meath players, there is no sign of any inferiority complex when it comes to playing Dublin.
“I would think the players Mick and the selectors are picking, they’d only be picking them based on them having that right mindset,” said Giles.
“The likes of James McEntee, a cracking young player, he’d have that mentality. Donal Keogan would epitomise that big time too. I would say the fellas that Mick has in there would have that belief, absolutely, yeah.”
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