At some stage you have to look to the future rater than rely on the same old guys to get you through.
Mayo are at a very important point right now
The team is not too old to be past it, but neither is it full of young guns that you can plan the next few years around, as was the case with Horan in 2011.
The likes of Higgins, Seamus O Shea, Andy Moran, Dillion, McLoughlin are not getting younger or faster and the fear is that they will end up like Wille Joe, TJ KIlgannon, David Brady, Ciaran Mac etc.
All the skill in the world and long illustrious careers, but no All Ireland medals.
So with that in mind I think the focus should be on getting new young starters rather than automatically going with the tried and trusted.
Obviously H&C know the current squad through and through and there's been talk of some of Mayo's 2013 minors stepping up but in fairness Horan did a good job bringing young lads on - e.g. C. O'Shea, D. O'Connor, Adam Gallagher and Coen. Whether there will be more youngsters blooded next year will be interesting. Does anyone really stand out? The younger Hanley is a big loss but maybe he'll be back.