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Criticism will be a spur for Gavin's men in history quest: Connell

 

By Donnchadh Boyle

Former player Senan Connell believes the debate that rages around Dublin football and the advantages they enjoy will only add fuel to the fire as Jim Gavin's men go in search of a fifth All-Ireland title in a row.

Issues from the way the county are funded compared to the rest of the island, population and financial advantages as well as the amount of money a Dublin footballer can command for an endorsement compared to other counties have all popped up in recent weeks as the Dubs continue their drive towards history.

Connell believes that commentary will only serve as motivation for Gavin and his side.

"I'd say it hurts a little bit because it's diluting what they have achieved," he said.

"And I know if I was in that changing room that would hurt a bit that no one appreciates (their feats) because people on the outside are putting it down to numbers and demographics and all that.

"It will drive them on even more. It will probably drive Jim on even more to create the dynasty until there is change."

Barring a massive upset, Dublin are set to win a ninth Leinster title in a row on Sunday and with no sign of their dominance in the province abating, Connell admits the GAA's top brass might soon "look at Dublin".

"We are hurtling towards change in the provincial Championship, then I suppose the next step is probably looking at Dublin," he offered.

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