Eric's goal to keep the blue jersey
The Dublin wannabes who featured against Meath on Sunday weren't there to make up the numbers, insists Eric Lowndes.
Lowndes, a five-time All-Ireland SFC medalist who has flitted in and out of Jim Gavin's team, is hoping 2019 can be the year he establishes his credentials as a regular starter. But he's not alone.
"There's so much talent in Dublin," Lowndes stressed. "Every single player out there is out there on merit ... they've won something at underage and they've been there and are coming through. So any chance you get to wear the jersey, you need to grasp it and try to hold onto it. Even if it's mid-December."
Lowndes has strong family connections with the GAA club in Dunboyne and consequently was delighted to help out with Sunday's Navan match, a pre-Christmas centrepiece of the ongoing Seán Cox fundraising drive.
And he wasn't overly perturbed by a rare defeat for the All-Ireland champions.
"Just getting out there to play football was the main thing so we wouldn't be too worried about the result. It was a fantastic game, great to see a lot of lads getting game time," he said after Gavin brought in 11 fringe players from the bench.
n Gary Walsh, the leading scorer in this year's NFL, has been left off John Sugrue's Laois panel for 2019.
n The postponed O'Byrne Cup meeting of Wexford and Laois has been refixed for St Patricks Park, Enniscorthy this Thursday (8pm).