Interviewing one of Jim Gavin's band of all-conquering Dubs can be deceptively challenging.

The players, like their manager, are always courteous and will answer any question enthusiastically. Just don't expect them to give away any insights into how the team works or offer a remotely divisive opinion.

Their self-discipline in media encounters mirrors the relentless dedication to the game plan that has brought this group to the brink of becoming Gaelic football's greatest ever team.

But you'll likely have to wait until the end August next year before any of them are willing to discuss 'five in a row'. One can only imagine how many laps of the pitch broaching that taboo topic would incur.

It was interesting therefore to observe one of that team's stars in action in a new role today.

Paul Flynn, winner of six All-Ireland titles and four All-Stars, took over as CEO of the Gaelic Players' Association this month and one of his first tasks was to present the organisation's annual report, alongside chairman Seamus Hickey and executive committee member Tom Parsons, to the media.

The Fingallians forward has forged a successful business career - he swapped a position as a commercial director with Lincoln Recruitment Specialists, who drew up the shortlist for Paraic Duffy's eventual replacement as Director General by Tom Ryan, for the top job with the GPA.

There were some tell-tale signs of management speak: "going forward", "a bottom-up vision" and "sending the elevator back down", which apparently means sharing valuable experience with the next generation.

He was also cautious not to advocate any particular policy, perhaps understandably suggesting that he first wanted time to comprehensively canvass the membership on the pressing issues of time demands on players and fixture scheduling.

Ho-hum, you may well be thinking.

But Flynn exuded genuine passion when he spoke about his commitment to the GPA, who he has served in volunteer roles on the executive committee and as secretary for the last seven years, and his pride in its efforts to improve the welfare of members, particularly in the area of counselling and mental health. 

Flynn was also keen to stress the association will be part of a new Croke Park committee that will examine Championship structures and showed a hint of the flinty resolve that has brought him such success on the pitch with a warning that changes like the Super 8s, which were introduced without consultation with and in the face of opposition from the GPA, would not have such an easy ride in the future.

"We want our voice to be heard," he said. "We have to be at the top table for all decisions like this.

"We don’t accept that changes can be made without the voice of the players, who are going out there to represent their counties in these competitions."

He added that he wanted every player to feel it was "my GPA, your GPA" and urged them to be "active" members, which Mayo star Tom Parsons believes Flynn's status as a current player will encourage.

"The appointment of Paul as CEO is very special," said Parsons. "The GPA needs to be driven and led by the players.

"We’ve had great leaders in Dessie (Farrell) and Dermot (Earley) beforehand, but they were just away from the dressing room for that four or five years and it’s so important to have someone leading the organisation who has their finger on the pulse.

"I’m sure he’ll further increase the engagement and connection between the GPA and the players."

As for Flynn's future in a Dublin shirt, the 32-year-old insists he won't even think about it until the conclusion of Fingallians championship ventures.

But back surgery limited his opportunities this year and he clearly still feels he has a lot to offer. Flynn scored 1-3 from play in his only Championship start, against Roscommon, and points off the bench against Donegal, Tyrone (in the Super 8s) and Galway.

"I didn’t play any League football this year," he told RTÉ Sport. "My season started when the Championship started and I’d say it didn’t give me any real opportunity to showcase where I’m at.

"It’s hard to get back in then when the Championship has started and the team is quite settled. It’s so competitive in there at the moment.  It would have been nice to get in there in the League just to try and get into that starting team, which was always my goal.

"I just had that energy and buzz about me. Talking to the physios and medics, because I got that back surgery - I had been managing that for a number of years, and it took out a few of those restrictions that I had.

"I played the best football I’ve played in years, from my own perspective. 15 minutes Donegal where I kicked a couple of points or when I was on the field against Galway for one minute and I got a point and I probably should have got a goal.

"They took a large chunk of my disc that hadn’t been acting as a disc - it had disassociated itself from my disc and was blocking off a nerve canal. To get that removed was very good for my own performance and even my numbers on the GPS - they were the best I’d been hitting in years. That’s why I’ve been enjoying the club Championship."