Right, here’s the final bit of business from this year’s title-winning National League campaign to box off, which is the result of the poll on our Player of the League for 2023.
Voting is now closed and the winner by a large margin is Aidan O’Shea. The Breaffy clubman got 56% in the poll, followed by Ryan O’Donoghue (last year’s winner) on 27% and Jordan Flynn on 16%.
Now in his 15th season as a Senior inter-county footballer, Aidan enjoyed an extremely productive spring campaign this year. The tactic of playing him up top and feeding him with the right kind of ball has given us an entirely new angle in attack and Aidan has thrived in a role that looks tailor-made for him.
It’s worth noting, though, that Aidan’s first MOTM display for us this year – in that madcap match against Armagh up at the Athletic Grounds – came when, in Diarmuid O’Connor’s absence, he was stationed for the most part in midfield. For his second MOTM performance of the year, up in Donegal, he was, however, operating in the full forward line and I’d say Shaun Patton’s flashbacks haven’t yet begun to abate following that one.
Congrats to Aidan on winning the 2023 Player of the Year award here on the blog and here’s to an equally productive summer campaign from him.