Kevin Quinn is a forward with Antrim playing in Division four football and the Ulster football championship
Ronan Buckley plays for the Kerry football team, he plays in the forwards and made his debut in 2015.
David Moran ( Kerry ), the Kerins O’ Rahilly’s club man is fundamental to any hopes Kerry has of catching Dublin and winning an All-Ireland football title.
The Kingdom are building a youthful and exciting team under Peter Keane, but the key component to any hopes they may have of silverware remains midfielder Moran.
A brilliant fielder in midfield Moran is also an extremely skilful footballer, and he is vital to the way Kerry move the ball forward from their defence.
At his best when he is sitting in front of his defenders initiating attacking moves, Kerry fans will be hoping for a big championship from their star midfielder when inter county football resumes in October.
Last updated on Nov 12th, 2020 at 12:37
James McCarthy Dublin is a Rolls Royce of a footballer. The Ballymun man could easily have made the defenders list such is his versatility but its at midfield where McCarthy truly shines in a Dublin jersey. A three time all star, he, like so many great players in any sport comes alive when it matters most.
A tremendous athlete as well as a supremely talented footballer, McCarthy is often overlooked when compared with the other superstars of the Dublin team, but it is very often McCarthy that is the catalyst of the Dubs greatest performances.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 11:35
Patrick Durcan (Mayo) deserves his place among the top defenders in the country, Durcan has developed into one of the finest half backs in Ireland.
Since his debut for the Mayo team the Castlebar man has proven to be a man for the big occasion as his performances in Mayo’s run to the semi final in 2019 and the All Ireland final in 2017 highlight.
His attacking instincts coupled with his defensive skills make him a nightmare for opposition forwards when they face Mayo, as he not only has the ability to nullify the attacking player , but also turn them and make them go back towards their own goal trying to stop him.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 10:41
Lee Keegan (Mayo) The Mayo man would have serious competition for the number 1 slot on this list but for the fact that Dublin stalwart Jack McCaffrey has stepped away from the Dublin panel for this year’s Championship.
The Westport man, a winner of four All Stars made his name as a rampaging,attacking half back on the Mayo sides that came so close to All Ireland glory under James Horan and Stephen Rochford.
The 30 year old is equally effective being used as a designated man marker in his team’s defensive structure though, testament to just how good the former Footballer of the Year really is.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 9:54
Aidan O’Shea has been the heartbeat of the Mayo sides under James Horan and Stephen Rochford that came so close to finally ending their county’s long wait for an All Ireland triumph, Aidan O’ Shea is one of the most recognised names in Gaelic football and well worth his spot as one of the top 5 midfielders in gaelic football.
The powerhouse from Breaffy can cause havoc around the field with his strength and skill when he is at his best, and has even done a stint at full back to quell Kieran Donaghy’s influence in the 2017 All Ireland semi final.
At midfield is where the 30 year old has only a select number of rivals though, especially in the air, where his ability to field a high ball can be challenged by very few in the game today. O’ Shea’s ability to break tackles from midfield, and attract defenders through his sheer physical strength also make him so important to the way Mayo play.
Entrusted with the captaincy by Horan, O’ Shea will look to be the leader that can take Mayo to the promised land in this fragmented 2020 season.
Last updated on Oct 18th, 2020 at 13:09
Clare County Footballer Keelan Sexton is their free taker and was the top scorer for Clare in 2020.
Last updated on Nov 7th, 2020 at 15:38
Donal Burke is a star player for the Dublin hurling team, Burke is the free taker and most of the score go through the Dublin forward.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 9:49
Michael Murphy Donegal forward is the subject of so much debate, what is Murphy’s best position. He is named in our midfield list but could quite easily make the forwards list, such is the ability the Glenswilly man possesses.
It is at midfield though that Murphy has his greatest overall influence on his team these days. Here, accompanied by the lung bursting runs of Ryan McHugh he can feed the inside threat of players like Paddy McBrearty and Jamie Brennan.
These pacy inside forwards allow Murphy to be the conductor of the Donegal orchestra from a deeper position, and not be viewed as their only attacking threat, as he has been for many years.
This midfield position also allows Murphy the luxury of using his football intelligence to ghost into score taking positions from out the field, while also dropping deeper to provide a screen in front of his defense.