Kingdom trio in line for award

KERRY trio Marc Ó Sé, Colm Cooper and Declan O’Sullivan have been short-listed for the GPA’s Opel Footballer of the Year award. The same three Kingdom players were nominated for the Vodafone footballer of the year award.

Said GPA chief Dessie Farrell: “Next to an All-Ireland medal, I believe there is no greater accolade than the acknowledgement of your peers.”

The nominees for the Opel GPA awards were also announced yesterday, drawn up by selection committee chairman Jack O’Connor, plus Martin McHugh, Keith Barr, Tony Davis and Paddy Heaney. The winners will be selected by GPA members, all of whom have been issued with voting cards.

The shortlist in full for the football team of the year is:

1. S Cluxton (Dublin), D Murphy (Kerry), B Murphy (Meath)

2. M Ó Sé (Kerry), M Shields (Cork), D Mone (Monaghan)

3. G Canty (Cork), K McCloy (Derry), D Fay (Meath)

4. C Gormley (Tyrone), K Lacey (Donegal), R Donovan (Sligo)

5. T Ó Sé (Kerry), D Freeman (Monaghan), N O’Leary (Cork)

6. A O’Mahony (Kerry), G McQuaid (Monaghan), M McNamara (Sligo)

7. B Cahill (Dublin), K Young (Kerry), C King (Meath)

8 & 9: N Murphy (Cork), D Ó Sé (Kerry), C Whelan (Dublin), F Doherty (Derry), E Lennon (Monaghan), S Cavanagh (Tyrone)

10. D O’Sullivan (Kerry), B Brogan (Dublin), J Doyle (Kildare)

11. A Brogan (Dublin), R Woods (Monaghan), A Moyles (Meath)

12. P Galvin (Kerry), R Kavanagh (Donegal), N Joyce (Galway)

13. J Masters (Cork), C Cooper (Kerry), C Keaney (Dublin)

14. K Donaghy (Kerry), P Bradley (Derry), G Geraghty (Meath)

15. S Bray (Meath), T Freeman (Monaghan), D O’Connor (Cork)

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