Dublin manager Ger Cunningham urged the younger faces in his panel to grab a golden opportunity to make the shirt their own after his side swept past Galway to reach the Walsh Cup final.
Danny Sutcliffe's decision to make himself unavailable for 2016 was a setback Cunningham could not avoid, but his omission of Simon Lambert and goalkeeper Alan Nolan drew criticism from the pair.
Lambert and Nolan publicly expressed their disappointment at the way they were left out of the squad, but the manager refused to be further drawn on the fallout – and reiterated his desire to see Dublin’s new faces grab their chance to shine.
“That’s weeks ago now. We’ve moved on,” Cunningham, speaking to RTÉ Sport, said of the fallout. “Our full focus is on the league. There’s opportunities for some of the guys to put their hands up.
“We’ve tried to see if there’s people out there who deserve a chance."
“It’ll be great for us to get to see some of the younger guys in a Croke Park atmosphere. Obviously it’s a final and when you’re in a final you want to win it.
"There's opportunities there for some of the guys to put their hand up. We've a couple of injuries, and I think 10 or 12 guys tied to colleges at the moment, so the lads that are there knew they were going to get their opportunity. Once you get your opportunity it's up to you to take it.
“We’ve tried to see if there’s people out there who deserve a chance. Young Sean O'Reilly has come in there, he wouldn’t have been heard of in Dublin much but every match he’s played in he’s scored, and that’s what we needed to see. We needed to see if there is other players out there who deserve a chance.”
David Treacy was the star performer for the Dubs, notching 12 points at Parnell Park in a 1-28 to 1-19 win that set up a final clash with Wexford.
“David has had a great season with Cuala, he was the main man with them. He’s brought that confidence into Dublin this year. He’s played with a lot of confidence," Cunningham said.
“I thought we played well. We were very composed on the ball. For a pre-league it was a good physical game. We’re looking forward to next Sunday. We’re very happy."