I am not so sure about Burke yet, definitely long term - or even next year, but this year is a big ask. He did well on loose ball at the weekend, but that was maybe it. McGibb surprised me, I didn’t think he had that ball winning ability in him.
McBride is a real talent. One of the best minors in the country at his age group, he was always going to come. I would think he would be a constant this year, I can only assume that he wasn’t picked the first day because of injury or something as no one would pick two of last years minors and leave him on the line.
Conroy likewise was always going to come, three year minors nearly always do. He will have the odd quiet game as big guys just sometimes meet players who can handle them, but he should really add something this year. Although he can’t be the only big presence in the half forward line, it would get very predictable then. There are one or two more of last years U21 that are worth a shot too.
Schutte and Dillon also should have something to add, although both can be very good, or not so good. Schutte seemed to lose his touch a little there last year, but the extended Cuala run should help him.
Is it just me thinking this, or do a lot of Cuala players have a sort of unique striking style, very straight armed or something (can’t put my finger on it), I am thinking primarily of O Callaghan (Cian), Schutte (both) and Cronin. Both Treacy’s are unorthodox also, especially David. But both have an amazing ability to reach down and pick the ball (when it is only an inch or two above the ground) up with the hand on the run, I have never seen anyone else do it. It obviously works, but they look a little different to other teams.