Tuesday 23 October 2018

Duffy scoops top Ireland award

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Shane Duffy of Brighton is challenged by Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on March 17, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Shane Duffy of Brighton is challenged by Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on March 17, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shane Duffy will fly to Turkey today with a spring in his step after being named the FAI Senior International Player of the Year for 2017.

Duffy was rewarded for his performances in Ireland's ill-fated World Cup campaign, a qualification cycle where he became invaluable to Martin O'Neill.

Travel problems created by the snow meant he missed last night's awards in RTE, with League of Ireland award winner Sean Maguire absent for the same reason, but they will be on board the flight to Antalya for Friday's friendly.

Cyrus Christie scooped the Young Player of the Year award, but his involvement going forward could be limited by the return of Seamus Coleman, who will be a part of the experimental training squad.

"We have to look forward now starting with this Turkey game and fully believe we can qualify for the Euros," Coleman said.

O'Neill confirmed his panel yesterday, with injuries ruling out Rob Elliot, Keiren Westwood, Harry Arter and the luckless Greg Cunningham.

Ross County's Aaron McCarey has been drafted in as goalkeeping cover. Brentford's John Egan and Reading's Liam Kelly were cut from the long list.

Irish Independent

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