Donnchadh Walsh believes his native Kerry are the only team in the country capable of stopping Dublin's drive for five All-Ireland crowns in a row.

Walsh got his hands on Sam Maguire three times with the Kingdom before retiring from inter-county action last September. The hard-running wing-forward followed Kieran Donaghy into the sunset, with Darran O'Sullivan and Anthony Maher also calling it a day over the autumn.

Walsh said that an exodus of such talent and experience is not necessarily a bad thing for new boss Peter Keane, and backed a rising batch of stars to prove they are even better than the men who've just left the stage.

"I think Kerry are the only team that can put it up to Dublin to be honest," the 34-year-old told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"I don't see any of the other teams beating them. If any team is going to put it up to Dublin and stop them doing the five in-a-row I think it's going to be Kerry. I've seen enough of what Kerry can do when they're on form.

"I don't think - and I include myself in this - what Kerry have lost with the retirements are irreplaceable. The talent is there to replace the fellahs gone if not improve [on it]."

Tommy Walsh in Kerry colours

Kerry famously fell short of doing the five in-a-row themselves when Offaly upset the odds in 1982.

If anyone stops the Dubs, it'll likely take a special performance but Walsh sees that potential in the current crop - particularly with the return of a familiar face.

Tommy Walsh has returned to the Kerry panel after two and a half years away from the county jersey.

Walsh won an All-Ireland title in 2009 but then departed for he AFL, playing with St Kilda and Sydney Swans before returning to Ireland at the end of 2014.

Injuries hampered efforts to force his way into Eamonn Fitzmaurice's plans and Walsh left the panel after the 2016 Allianz Fooball League after failing to nail down a place. Now, he's back, and could prove to be an ace in Keane's pack.

"He's bringing that bit of seniority to the panel," said Donnchadh Walsh of the imposing forward.

"He's going to bring that experience. He's an All-Ireland winner, he's an ex-professional athlete, and he knows the culture. His father played for Kerry for years, he knows what it means to be a Kerry footballer and he knows what it means to be a Kerry fan because he's been doing that for the last number of years because of injury and loss of form himself. He'll be a great head inside the dressing room.

"The culture that Eamonn Fitzmaurice instilled in the group, there's a huge foundation for any young talented player to absolutely grow and mature into a fully fledged All-Ireland winner. 

"I don't really know Peter. But I like what I'm hearing from the camp. I hear they're training very hard... he's completely freshened it up. That's what's need, and just go at it."