Pat Spillane's Top 40 Gaelic Footballers right now, Part 1
I’m often asked who I rate as the best footballer in the country. There are variations on that theme; like who is the best defender, best midfielder, best forward or the top 10 players in Gaelic football. Now that the championship is done and dusted for another year, I have decided to compile my list of the top 40 footballers in the country.
PART 1: 40 - 31
40- Sean Quigley (Fermanagh)
His scoring statistics speak for themselves. He scored 4-42 in the league and 2-36 in the championship. A scoring machine that is worth his weight in gold.
39- Diarmuid Murtagh (Roscommon)
If Kevn McStay and Fergal O’Donnell are going to deliver silverware, the scoring must come from Murtagh, one of the most skilful forwards around
38- Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo)
A shoo-in for Young Footballer of the Year, he was a revelation in the two matches against Dublin in the All-Ireland series.
37- Darren McCurry (Tyrone)
A skilful, nippy forward, he is blessed with a wonderful left foot and is deadly accurate from both play and frees.
36- Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)
An accurate finisher, he has the ability to win his own ball. Showed glimpses of reaching his full potential in the early rounds of the championship.
35- Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone)
While he is past his peak he was still the player who drove Tyrone all the way to the All-Ireland semi-final this year.
34- Niall McNamee (Offaly)
Has always reminded me of Maurice Fitzgerald. Great balance, very skilful and deadly accurate.
33- Dessie Mone (Monaghan)
Has reinvented himself as an effective sweeper, but retains the ability to kick long-range points when he ventures forward.
32- Paul Geaney (Kerry)
Even though he was below his best in the All-Ireland final he is a tremendously skilful player and is very accurate with both feet.
31- Niall Kelly (Kildare, below)
At last he is beginning to deliver on the promise he showed at minor and college level. A really accurate half-forward.
CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR PART II