THE more things change - the more they change?
That doesn't sound quite right does it? It's just the way it is where Gaelic football is concerned. Luke Quinn is just 26 years of age and yet at this, the midpoint of his football career, he's seen more change in the game he loves than many others have seen in their entire careers. He remembers playing his first senior county championship match as a 17 year old back in 2003, against Mid Kerry, at wing-back.
"In that time it was more one on one," he says, proving that the past is, indeed, a foreign country.
"You marked your man and if you got beaten by your man you got taken off. That was it. The way things are gone now a fella could get the slip, but another fella is back there to cover. The full-back line would still be man marking, but you can swap fellas over on the half-back line and midfield."
You can also see cornerbacks or full-backs going up the pitch and scoring points. It didn't used to be like that.
Quinn has proven himself quite capable of scoring points too over the years. He scored a couple in the Munster championship this year, but hasn't attacked as much this season. Why? Well let him explain. "When you've got six or seven forwards, who are probably marquee forwards, what's the point in me running up next to Gooch?
"I'd actually like to, but I'd be told where to go. He'd give me a pass alright, he'd look after me, but he'd want a one-two," he says with a grin.
Sometimes it's easy to forget about the hardship which this Dr Crokes side has had to endure before they went on th is remarkable run. Losing three county finals to South Kerry stung badly.
If anything it would seem to have driven them to further heights. There's an amazing hunger in this bunch of players for yet more silverware.
"You win as much as you can, we won it last year and we won it two years ago. You park that then," Quinn says.
"People would be saying 'you were captain last year that was a great achievement, how do you have the hunger?', but to be honest you have four or five weeks off and this is what you love. You love football, that's why you're playing to go back and try and go again."
There are certain parallels between this year's football and hurling county finals. Both games featured sides going for three titles in a row. Both games featured sides who felt they had under achieved in the years leading up to their current fine run of form. The difference between Dr Crokes and Ballyduff? Well they were reticient up in North Kerry to talk about the three in-a-row. For Quinn it's simply a fact of life. Nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed to admit he wants to achieve.
"The thing is the three in-a-row. Going for the three in-a-row is a massive thing, if you had your picture up on the wall out there with the three in-a-row," he says.
"As they say winning is contagious and it actually is. You get a taste for it and it's unreal. You're out there with your friends and these are you best friends. You're winning matches and you're winning cups. It's great you do as much as you can."