According to Dublin County Board Chairman Sean Shanley, the Dublin footballers will, once again, field an ‘experimental’ team in the upcoming O’Byrne Cup.

In this year’s competition, the boys in blue reaped the benefits under the watchful eye of 1995 All-Ireland winner Paul Clarke as he took charge of a side that didn’t feature any of their household names and they went on to gain outright honours in the subsidiary competition following a final win over Louth.

Shanley has confirmed that Dublin intend to adopt a similar approach in 2018 as Jim Gavin and his three-in-a-row All-Ireland winning heroes will be away on a well-earned team holiday.

“It will be an experimental Dublin football team once again in the O’Byrne Cup,” he told The Irish Daily Sun.

“The squad are flying out to South Africa for their holiday on the 27th of December, so it’s my understanding that it will be a similar situation to last year with Paul Clarke taking charge.”

The young Dubs will start the defence of their title with a home fixture against Offaly on January 3rd.