Friday 23 February 2018

Five of the leading fancies to be Young Footballer of the Year

Cormac Costello is the current favourite
Cormac Costello is the current favourite
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

We're entering the closing stages of the GAA season and it's not a bad time to look at candidates to be Young Footballer of the Year.

1) Cormac Costello (Dublin)

The 20-year-old scoring sensation has amassed 1-9 in four substitute appearances for Jim Gavin's side this season and is a central cog in what the Dublin management are trying to achieve.

He's averaging a point every 12 minutes and along with the likes of Dean Rock and Paul Mannion, he's acting as a major impact sub.

It's a testament to the depth of the Dubs bench that he hasn't secured a starting berth yet.

Odds: 5/4

Cormac Costello, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Wexford, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

2) Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

Has taken over the role of sweeper supreme from his older brother Mark and has thrived this summer.

Not a prolific scorer (one point so far in the 2014 championship) but his tactical importance can't be understated.

A defensive aid and the platform for many Donegal attacks.

Odds: 11/4

Dick Clerkin, Monaghan, in action against Ryan McHugh, Donegal

3) Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

After a disappointing campaign last year, the 21-year-old is regaining his form of old.

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Decent displays against Derry and Antrim saw him relegated to the bench for the Ulster final but he made a point by kicking three points when he came on.

He backed up that performance in the quarter-final win over Armagh scoring a crucial late point in the narrow victory.

Odds: 4/1

Paddy McBrearty in Croke Park yesterday

4) Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Started the Leinster final victory over Meath but has made his impact as a sub in Dublin's other three games.

A devastating runner with ball in hand, McCaffrey causes a lot of damage when he comes into the games that are beginning to break up.

Odds: 5/1

Dublin's Jack McCaffrey in action against Donncha Tobin of Meath. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

5) Shane Walsh (Galway)

The Galway man is certainly box office entertainment and recorded an impressive scoring haul of 1-29 in this year's championship.

One of the most natural players in the game, he is comfortable kicking off both feet and is deceptively quick.

His flick, turn and point against Tipperary was one of the moments of the championship.

Odds: 11/2

Galway's Shane Walsh shurgs off a challenge from Paul Murphy of Kerry during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

*Odds courtesy of Paddy Power and accurate as of August 26

Are there any other players you fancy to be in with a shout? Let us know in the comments section below

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