Paul Galvin knows exactly why Dublin were "off the pace" in the league
January holidays, call them off.
Dublin weren't themselves in their 2017 National Football League campaign.
"This is more about timing than a fitness issue. The word on the street is that their January holiday (later than usual for them) is still in their legs meaning they're a bit short of their normal levels...that theory would make a lot of sense to me...for the first five or six years of my career I spent the first 10 days of January in various far-flung holiday destinations. Making ground up in mid-January was some slog and by 2010 the trend of January holidays had run its course."
While you are relaxing on holidays, other teams are slogging through their intense winter-training schedules. They are consequently fitter and livelier in the early stages of the League. They have laid their foundations, and you are playing catch-up.
"As we holidayed it's no stretch to imagine the opposition worked and made up ground on us. That was nobody's fault. Club fixtures and work pressure gave us little choice but to holiday over Christmas and the New Year."
It was out of character for Dublin to go on a January holiday according to Galvin, and he isn't sure how it will affect them in the championship.
"Dublin made up the most ground in those years. Their habit of holidaying pre-Christmas was one of their smartest moves so I was surprised to hear of the January break this year. No doubt they made the call after some consideration with the bigger picture in mind. How it plays out will have a big bearing on how competitive they are in August."
Jim Gavin will be hoping his side can regain the zip and energy that we associate with them in this years championship.