POTY will go to a Dub, barring a massive upset. Fenton would be my pick at the minute, just think he’s a superb player. Cavanagh may get a nomination, but I think he needs a huge final, win or lose, to even justify that. Fenton, Kilkenny and McCaffrey the likely nominees.
YPOTY is obviously between Howard and Clifford. I’d have to give it to Clifford, unless Howard changes my mind in the final. Clifford was just immense in the Super 8s for Kerry, it’s a bit mad for a county with such a proud tradition of great teams, they were totally reliant on a lad just out of minor. And to be fair to him, he did more than could have been expected. Howard is a class player also, but he hasn’t had to deal with the pressure of a whole county looking to him and he’s had things a little easier in games to be fair. Plenty of accolades will come his way too I’m sure. Top 2 is clearly those lads anyway, not sure who the third nominee would be. I’d give it to Kearns of Monaghan, been very impressed with him for a debut season where they made it to the semis, and he’s looked solid in midfield all through in the games I’ve seen. He won’t win it but a nomination would be a nice little bit of recognition.