its near an impossible thing to do, these lists.
you could pick four different lists of ten players, and still not be content which one to go for.
to reinforce this, even just going through some leinster counties in my head, there are men, that I saw playing, left out of main list, who maybe should have made it.
surely brian Stafford of meath could have made main list. with all the recent "crowing" about dean rock's abilities as a free taker, anyone that saw stafford regularly would agree with me that he would put dean in his pocket as regard free-taking.
the people of Longford wouldn't have too many bad things to say about dessie barry ?
in Westmeath, just before dessie dolan, was larry giles, an exceptional player, but very few outside leinster would have seen him play.
offaly's peter brady ? (IMO a finer player than vinny claffey)
laois' tom curly predergast or beano McDonald, or ross munelly ?
louth's Stephan white ?
surely the biggest omission of them all is Dublin's Vinnie murphy ? (possibly bobby doyle ? dessie Farrell ?)
not leinster, but same could be said of cavan's ronan carolan, as I said about Stafford.
if I kept going around the counties, I say id pick a few more that should have made the main list.
none of above is meant as a criticism Owen B ,as I say, selecting ten players is a near impossible thing to do.
as soon as you'd settle on ten, you'd realise you've left out someone !