Donegal caused the shock of the GAA summer when they toppled 1/7 favourites Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final but Young Footballer of the Year, Ryan McHugh , is expecting a backlash in 2015.
With the re-emergence of Kerry as a major force under Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Mayo still close to making that elusive breakthrough, it will be a hugely competitive championship in 2015 but McHugh regards Jim Gavin's side as they one they all have to beat.
"We sat down the day after the Armagh game with Jim and his backroom team, he stored a belief in us that we had the team in the dressing room to beat the Dublin team," McHugh said at the 2015 Independent.ie HE GAA Senior Championship Draws, where he was representing Sligo IT.
"It's an unbelievable Dublin side. they were great All-Ireland champions and they are going to be back this year stronger than ever.
"They're going to be the team to beat again this year."
There were lots of highs for McHugh and Donegal, especially being crowned the GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year, but the wing-forward was adamant that their main goal went unachieved.
"We set out at the start of the year to win an All-Ireland. I didn't set out to win Young Player of the Year," he added.
"The individual awards are a bonus, it was very nice to win the Young Footballer of the Year, I'm very grateful for it and I'll always remember it but at the start of the year we set out to win an All-Ireland and we didn't achieve that."