Callum Cumiskey believes Sunday’s championship final victory was important for the younger members of the panel.
A number of players coming through the ranks won their first county title while others extended their impressive hauls.
“It’s great,” said Cumiskey, speaking on The Sideline Eye Podcast after Cross’ 12-point win over Clan na Gael.
“Every time you have a chance to turn up om county final day, it’s a brilliant opportunity to go on and try to win the thing.
“There’s boys there with maybe over ten county championships. There’s boys coming in from minors and that’s their first.
“I think that’s what it’s all about. The conveyor belt of talent coming through the club every year pushes everyone else on.”
Cumiskey picked up county teammate Stefan Campbell, just as he had done in the first round of the championship.
“You have to hold your hands up to a player like Stefan, unbelievable talent,” added the Crossmaglen defender.
We knew that he had a big part to play in Clan na Gael’s chances of winning. I probably didn’t come to play much football today, I tried to stop him playing on the other foot.
“Stefan is an unbelievable footballer and I had to just try and do my best to nullify him today.”
Crossmaglen got their match ups right with Cumiskey on Campbell, Stephen Morris on Shane McPartlan and Chris Crowley on Callum O’Neill.
“You’d be foolish coming into today thinking you were just going to dominate without giving them boys a wee bit of attention and trying to close them up a little bit.
“Those three lads have been performing throughout the year. We done our homework in the last couple of weeks.
“We knew they were the three men we had to try our best to put shackles on and I feel we done that well.”