Pat Spillane's Top 40 Gaelic Footballers right now, Part 2

GAABy Pat Spillane
Mayo flyer Keith Higgins slots in at No 29 on Pat's list
Mayo flyer Keith Higgins slots in at No 29 on Pat's list

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 II, NO 30-21

30 - Ronan McNamee (Tyrone)

It was by no means a vintage year for full-backs, but he is one of the best around. Better still, he likes to counter-attack.

29 - Keith Higgins (Mayo)

Had a bad day against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final replay. Otherwise Higgins (main pic) had a flawless season.

28 - Rory O’Carroll (Dublin)

Quiet, calm and assured he rarely does anything spectacular. However, when he’s not playing the Dublin defence looks less than solid.

27 - Anthony Maher (Kerry)

A revelation this year at centre-field for Kerry! The gentle giant finally realised his potential. 

26 - Johnny Cooper (Dublin)

Athletic, tigerish and tenacious, he is the type of defender that every forward has nightmares about. 

25 - Colm O’Neill (Cork)

Cork’s star performer by a million miles!  Deadly accurate, he remains one of the game’s best corner-forwards. 

24 - Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry)

At long last he is getting the recognition he deserves. Intelligent and hard-working, he is a key figure in many of Kerry’s best moves

23 - Frank McGlynn (Donegal)

In a season in which the team slipped off the radar, McGlynn was magnificent with his trademark forward forays.

22 - Paul Flynn (Dublin, below)

Okay, he wasn’t anywhere near his best this year – though he was reasonably effective in the final – but when he’s on form he is the best wing-forward in the modern era.

21 - Steven O’Brien ( Tipperary)

Best midfielder in this year’s U-21 championship and Player of the Tournament in the Sigerson Cup.  Will be a key figure for Tipp if they are to progress.