GAA | Football All Star nominees revealed

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Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton joins his teammate James McCarthy, David Clarke and Andy Moran on the shortlist for the Footballer of the Year award.

McCarthy won the man of the match award in last week’s All-Ireland final, Andy Moran enjoyed arguably his best season in a Mayo jersey, and Cluxton and Clarke showed once again why they are the best two goalkeepers in the country.

Dublin forward Con O’Callaghan, Cork’s Sean Powter and Galway’s Michael Daly are in contention for Young Footballer of the Year, with O’Callaghan the clear favourite to scoop the award.

Unsurprisingly, three-in-a-row All-Ireland winners Dublin lead the way in nominations for the PwC All Star Football Team of the Year.

The boys in blue have 13 players nominated for the team, while beaten finalists Mayo have 12. Dublin have six defenders in contention to Mayo’s five.

Beaten semi-finalists Tyrone and Kerry have six and five nominations respectively, while Roscommon, Kildare and Down have two nominations each. Finally, Monaghan, Armagh, and Donegal have one nomination apiece.

The final selections for both the All-Star and Footballer of the Year awards will be voted on exclusively by inter-county players at a banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on November 3rd.

Nominees

GOALKEEPERS

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), David Clarke (Mayo), Niall Morgan (Tyrone)

DEFENDERS

Jack McCaffrey, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Fitzsimons, Philip McMahon, John Small, Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle, Brendan Harrison (Mayo), Pádraig Hampsey, Tiernan McCann (Tyrone), Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley (Kerry), Conor Devanney (Roscommon), Caolan Mooney (Down), Fintan Kelly (Monaghan).

MIDFIELDERS

James McCarthy, Brian Fenton (Dublin), Tom Parsons (Mayo), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone), Enda Smith (Roscommon), Kevin Feely (Kildare).

FORWARDS

Andy Moran, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Ciarán Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan, Paul Mannion, Dean Rock (Dublin), Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Peter Harte, Niall Sludden (Tyrone), Connaire Harrison (Down), Patrick McBrearty (Donegal), Jamie Clarke (Armagh), Daniel Flynn (Kildare).

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