Time running out for current Laois squad - Kingston
Laois star Donie Kingston has stressed that getting in the right man as new football manager is "very important" for the county.
Kingston is one of the county's best-known players and he believes the core of the squad are entering a vital stage of their career.
"There's a few of us kind of at the stage now where if we're going to do anything it's going to be in the next two or three years," said the Arles-Killeen ace, who turned 25 last week.
"This is an important time of our career, we're hitting that age now that you either do it or not, so the next man's going to be very important."
Tomas O Flatharta left the county after two years in charge and Kingston believes that it's not important whether his successor comes from inside or outside the county.
"I haven't heard a whole pile about it now but I'm sure they're on the lookout anyway," he said.
"I'd say they'd have to have a fair idea of who they're going to get with the club championship on at the moment.
"Both can work. We've had outside men before who have worked, we've had Laois men who have worked before, so whoever we get we're just going to have to row in behind him anyway."
And while he agrees that Dublin are way out in front in Leinster, Kingston believes Laois can mix it with any of the rest in the province.
"Yeah, you have to put your hands up and say Dublin are the team to beat in Leinster, they have been for the last 10 years. . . we're second in line then.
"We feel like we could beat anyone then, whoever's up next," he said. "If you were to beat Dublin you'd have to put in a massive effort but anyone else, it's very competitive."
Meanwhile, Johnny Magee was last night re-appointed as Wicklow senior football manager for another season.