Irish underage internationals Aaron Connolly, Will Smallbone and Adam Idah have all been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season.
Nine players in total have made the shortlist which has been put together by the Premier League’s Football Development panel.
It sees the selected players rewarded for their performances not only at youth level in competitions such as PL2, the PL Cup, the PL International Cup and the EFL Trophy but also for their respective senior teams.
Brighton striker Aaron Connolly is one of the Irish players to have made the shortlist thanks to his tremendous goalscoring form with the Seagulls’ underage side.
Connolly finished the season as top scorer in the top flight grabbing 11 goals as Brighton finished third, while also netting six times across a number of other competitions.
The Irish U19s international then went on loan to Luton Town but struggled for form at Kenilworth Road before returning to his parent club.
Another striker, Norwich’s Adam Idah also finds himself nominated after a tremendous goalscoring season with the Canaries in the PL2 Division 2.
Idah scored 12 goals for Norwich and will be hoping to be a part of their first team plans in the Premier League next season.
The final inclusion from an Irish perspective is U19s international Will Smallbone who has been a crucial part of Southampton’s promotion-chasing division 2 side.
Smallbone has played 20 games for the Saints and will be promoted to Division 1 if they beat Newcastle in the Division 2 playoff final.
Everton pair Bassala Sambou and Morgan Feeney, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, Newcastle’s Elias Sorensen, Liverpool’s Rafael Camacho, and Reading’s Daniel Loader make up the shortlist.
The nominations are a tremendous sign for Irish football with the trio hopefully future stars for the Irish senior team.