There’s more in the papers today about what happens to us from here – with this Irish Examiner piece stating that it could be a shootout between Kevin McStay and Pat Holmes for the manager’s job, the same article also containing the unwelcome (if not unexpected) news that coach Donie Buckley looks set to end his association with us and return to his native Kerry – and there’s also that emotionally-charged piece in the same paper by Kieran Shannon (which Anne-Marie has just provided the link to in the comments) about his time as part of James Horan’s backroom team. However, while the increasing focus is, as it needs to be, on the future I want to take a step back by giving a bit more thought to this year and the players who’ve given everything for the cause in 2014.
In doing so I want to look at nominees for an inaugural Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year award. The Man of the Match polls have become an integral feature of the site this year and they’ve helped us, as supporters, to salute standout performances as and when they’ve occurred throughout the year. Now I want to widen this out, by recognising those players who have consistently excelled for us in 2014 and, from this cohort, to choose a Player of the Year. I had hoped that this would be a task for later on this month but, hey, shit happens and all that.
I think some measure of filtering is necessary here as I can’t simply put up a poll that features every single player who lined out for us over the course of 2014. So what I propose to do is name my nominees and seek feedback from your good selves on any other names you think are worthy of inclusion. I’ve got six on my list, who are as follows:
- Keith Higgins
- Colm Boyle
- Lee Keegan
- Seamus O’Shea
- Aidan O’Shea
- Cillian O’Connor
I think the list needs to be limited to around ten names and once it’s finalised (which I’ll do later on tonight) I’ll stick up a Player of the Year poll on the site, with the winner being chosen by popular vote. So if you want to propose that anyone else be added to the above list please make your case via the comments. Democracy can only prevail so far in this process, I’m afraid, so I’ll make the final choice on who gets on the list based on the feedback provided. Over to you.