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Dublin's Jonny Cooper with Robert Hennelly, Mayo; Karl Lacey, Donegal and James O'Donoghue, Kerry. Picture: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

Dublin's Jonny Cooper with Robert Hennelly, Mayo; Karl Lacey, Donegal and James O'Donoghue, Kerry. Picture: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

Dublin's Jonny Cooper with Robert Hennelly, Mayo; Karl Lacey, Donegal and James O'Donoghue, Kerry. Picture: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

JONNY COOPER has saluted the shining example of Stephen Cluxton and Alan Brogan, who have led Dublin's decade of dominance in Leinster - and are still driving them on in search of a third All-Ireland SFC title in four seasons.

Most of the current team weren't around when Dublin launched their incredible reign over the eastern province in 2005.

However, under Jim Gavin, they are now threatening to turn their Leinster rule - comprising nine of the last ten titles - into an era of All-Ireland supremacy too.

While Cooper certainly isn't looking beyond Saturday's quarter-final date with Monaghan at Croke Park, he has hailed the influence of the team's two elder statesmen.

"The likes of Stephen, Alan, they are the guys who have laid down the marker for the guys coming in," he said. "For the guys in the middle of their careers now it is about following that; for the guys just starting too.

" I think they have laid down a fantastic tradition, as have previous Dublin players, of getting the privilege to wear that jersey."

The Na Fianna defender, hoping to win his place back after missing the Meath romp with a quad injury, isn't remotely perturbed by critics suggesting that Dublin's Leinster monopoly is bad news for the province.

"That's definitely somebody else's problem," he insisted. "We are hungry, we are a player group that wants to get a starting 15 jersey.

"And if the consequence is winning - or, as the media might put it, winning too much - well that's just the way it is."


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