DUBLIN All-Ireland minor winning football manager Dessie Farrell has described new senior boss Jim Gavin as "the obvious candidate" to fill the hole left by the departing Pat Gilroy.
"Jim has done a great job with the 21s and he was the obvious candidate to step up once Pat had resigned," he said.
"He has a great knowledge of the talent that's out there and I'm sure we will see a lot of those younger players coming into the squad.
"There will be a lot of competition for places, which can only be good for the senior team."
The GPA chief also went on to praise the success brought to the county by Gilroy:
"Pat has had phenomenal success, taking the team from where it was to winning Sam last year. Unfortunately it didn't work out this year. It's always a challenge to win back-to-back All-Irelands.
"But there is a great foundation there and a fantastic legacy and I have no doubt that Jim and his team will build upon that."
Farrell was coy when asked about the prospect of him moving on from the minors to take over the now vacant Under 21 job, though the Na Fianna clubman didn't rule it out.
"We have yet to sit down with the county board about anything like that," he explained.
"To jump straight in would be a big ask but we will see, we have a few weeks."