With the dust barely settled on this year’s campaign, Tyrone and Kerry have already been singled out as the sides most likely to challenge Dublin dominance in 2017.
Tyrone claimed the Anglo-Celt Cup for the first time since 2010 this year before a surprise quarter-final defeat to Mayo, while Kerry won another Munster title on their way to a narrow semi-final defeat at the hands of the Dubs.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Jones' Road podcast, former Dublin forward Barry Cahill said that while Dublin are already bookies favourites for next year, Tyrone will also be better.
"Tyrone will be disappointed with their performance in the quarter-final this year, but they're back in Division 1 next year," the St Brigid's man said.
"A lot of them won their first Ulster title this year, so they'll be looking to progress from that."
The other side singled out by Cahill is the Kingdom, provided they can bring some of their young guns through.
Kerry have just completed a minor three-in-a-row and he feels this will pave the way for future success at senior level.
"It might be a few years before they come through," he admitted, " but I think Kerry will be very strong again."
And what of this year's vanquished finalists?
"Mayo will be there in August next year," Cahill says.
"They will get through Connacht or the back door, but it’s hard to know with Mayo, it really is.
"It’s very difficult to put total faith and belief in them - I still think they need to find a couple of players up front.
"To win an All-Ireland you might have to tick 50 boxes and they might tick 40, or 45 even, but there’s just a couple of things lacking that hasn’t gotten them over the edge."
As regards the Dubs hopes of recording a trifecta of titles, Cahill feels they are in a good place to do just that.
"The average age of the group now is brilliant - you have the likes of James McCarthy who's only 26 and has four All-Ireland titles."
The future of some of the Dublin team - particularly Stephen Cluxton and Bernard Brogan - has been subject to some debate, with Cahill saying they would be major losses to the side.
"When those two go they’re not going to be replaced easily. You can replace certain players but they’ve been there, done it, bought the T-shirt. It’ll be very difficult replace them."
Despite this, he feels that the relative success of Dublin in recent years leaves them in a good place to remain successful in 2017.