David Brady: These Mayo players will - I repeat, WILL - deliver Sam Maguire in the very near future
Mayo may have lost another heartbreaking All-Ireland final last weekend, but David Brady is as confident as ever that the current group of players can bring Sam Maguire back west.
Despite coming up one point short against a Dublin side completing three in-a-row, the Mayo players produced their most complete All-Ireland final performance after a season that saw Andy Moran, Colm Boyle and Chris Barrett - among others - have their finest campaign.
While veteran Alan Dillon may step away ahead of 2018, it is expected that most of Mayo's seasoned campaigners will return for another crack at the All-Ireland title.
Former Mayo midfielder David Brady, writing in this week's Sunday World, explains why last Sunday's defeat - while tough to take - has left him hopeful that his county will soon end their wait for Sam Maguire.
"Some may find this hard to believe but I did not leave Croke Park dejected on Sunday," Brady said.
"I do not take defeat easily but I left knowing one thing for cetrain - this crop of Mayo players will, I repeat WILL, deliver and All-Ireland in the very near future.
"I was very confident coming into this year's final, but now I know it.
"The ability and raw material is there, it is a matter of waiting until your time comes. Not, it won't just happen and it's not about standing still but more moving on and embracing the learnings.
"Performances right across the team were outstanding, from the likes of Chris Barrett and Lee Keegan in defence to Aidan O'Shea and Andy Moran in attack."