Anthony Cunningham believes Dublin can break into hurling's "top four" in the next few years.
The newly-appointed coach, who managed his native Galway to All-Ireland final appearances in 2012 and '15, is convinced the Dubs have the potential to be challenging for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
"For me, Dublin have the potential to go and break through to a top-four team", he told Newstalk's Off The Ball.
"It's early days yet and the honeymoon is probably over. There's going to be tough days ahead but there's ability there.
"I think Dublin - with the work that's going on at underage level on the hurling side - it's now getting up to the level that is there on the football side. Everybody saw Dublin's Under 17 team this year was very skilful and that's proof that the coaching is working.
"Definitely over the next few years, the produce coming through are very strong and will rival any county."