Brian Fenton does not know what it feels like to lose a Championship game with Dublin. It was fitting, then, that even in the competition of other serial winners, he still emerged victorious.

The towering midfielder beat off team-mates Ciaran Kilkenny and Jack McCaffrey to scoop the Footballer of the Year award.

Having captured a fourth Sam Maguire in a row in September, Fenton acknowledged he's blessed to live through special times.

But with the five-in-a-row in sight, the Raheny man is ready to go again.

"It's bittersweet in a way, competing against the two guys for Player of the Year," he said as he collected the accolade.

"I first played against them underage and first played with them from Under-12s. And look at us now. It's bittersweet, but it's such a huge honour and privilege for me to pick this up tonight.

"They're special days and times are certainly good. We know how lucky we are to be a part of it and we don't forget that. We don't want to them to end now. We'll enjoy the Christmas and be ready to go in January."

Although the Dubs are famously coy about even entertaining talk of number five, Fenton was happy to air his hunger to embrace the challenge once we enter 2019.

"Absolutely, as is any player in this room," he added.

"Their champing at the bit to get going next year and fight for a bit of silverware, but we'll be ready to go.

"We'll be there or thereabouts again next season hopefully."