The notion that a team can taste glory in a GAA context has rapidly been replaced by the now widely-held conviction that a strong panel is the prerequisite for a brush with success.
As preparations are stepped up for the resumption of competitive club action next month, county team managers across Ulster are preparing to undertake a painstaking search for fresh talent that they hope might ultimately lead to glory.
With 35-strong county panels now the order of the day, not only have the costs of maintaining them soared but with 20 players missing out on cherished starting places on a match by match basis, it's little wonder that county team bosses are now viewed as counsellors, social workers, confidantes and advisors as they bid to sustain a healthy, vibrant overall spirit.
Their task in overseeing the build-up to the restart of inter-county action is not helped by the fact that a number of players may yet decide to step away from proceedings because of coronavirus-related fears.
Seventeen years ago, Paddy Tally served as trainer to the first Tyrone side to win the All-Ireland title, with skipper Peter Canavan creating history by taking delivery of the Sam Maguire Cup.
The experience, knowledge and enthusiasm that Tally garnered from this and other roles in the interim are currently serving him well as he prepares to set out his stall for what he hopes will be a successful end to 2020 for Down.
The Galbally man, who steered St Mary's University to the Sigerson Cup for only the second time in their history in 2017, is in no doubt as to what his priority is as he strives to bring the Mournemen out of the shadows.
"There is no doubt about it, any county with ambitions of success must of necessity have a strong and committed panel," insisted Tally. "I am aware that, owing to the ongoing coronavirus threat, the job of a county team manager has not been made any easier because some players may not wish to commit.
"If that is the case - and players have every right to make their own personal decisions - then managers will have to dig deeper into the well of talent that they might spot within their counties in the hope that it can flourish."
Down hope to get the opportunity to fulfil their two outstanding league ties against Leitrim and Louth knowing that a maximum points haul there would assure them of a place in Division Two next year, while the Ulster Championship quarter-final against Fermanagh is also very much on Tally's radar right now.
Tally has already taken the bold step of giving players such as Patrick Murdock, Liam Kerr, Cory Quinn, Daniel Guinness, Shane Annett, James Guinness, Owen McCabe, Sean Dornan and Aaron Morgan their county spurs this year, and their form in the league before it was prematurely halted suggests that they could make a big contribution to the team's cause in the last quarter of the year.
"The important element is that there is a genuine desire on the part of these new players to do well for Down," pointed out Tally. "It has been part of our policy to rebuild the team, and to do that you have to expose new young players to the higher level of football.
"They have to have the opportunity to see how they do there and it has been a case of so far so good in this connection. These players are working hard all the time on their conditioning and their skills, they are dedicated to training and that is vitally important.
"It's amazing how after only a few games young players can bed in. They can learn an awful lot in a short period of time and this is hugely encouraging. Obviously we are entering new territory with the inter-county programme coming so late in the year but we must be ready for it, that's the important thing."
While Tally remains optimistic that Down can make it into Division Two of the league, he is extremely wary in relation to his side's mission against Fermanagh in the Ulster Championship quarter-finals.
"When you have to go to Brewster Park, Enniskillen for an Ulster quarter-final tie, you know for sure that it is going to be difficult," stressed Tally.
"Fermanagh have a number of experienced players and I honestly don't think their current position in Division Two is a true reflection of their ability.
"They lost some games by very narrow margins in the league and I would imagine that by the time the Championship comes round they will be well prepared for us.
"Our priority will be to hopefully have our full squad at concert pitch because the matches will come thick and fast at the end of the year - the more the merrier, I hope - and we will be leaving no stone unturned in our preparations."