On Tuesday we covered some of the best outside bets for the Hurler of the Year accolade. Now our attention switches to the big ball as we look at five outside bets for the Footballer of the Year award worth considering.
The football championship received a boost as Kerry proved Dublin are beatable in the National League final. Undoubtedly counties such as Mayo, Tyrone and Donegal will take hope from this as they plot for the summer ahead.
With confidence brewing in these sides, as well as the confidence which will be alive and well in the Dublin camp, players will look forward to the All-Ireland Championship with a newfound buzz.
Often in successful stories, unlikely heroes rise to prominence. Here are some of the players we feel fit to fill these boots.
1. Dean Rock (25/1)
A permanent fixture in the Dublin team, Rock’s career has been on an upward trajectory the last number of seasons.
Followers of current All-Ireland champions Dublin will be hopeful Rock can continue his form. With Dublin expected to record a historic three in a row, expect Rock’s dead ball skills to play a crucial role in their defence of the crown.
2. Sean Cavanagh (50/1)
Tyrone will be quietly confident entering into the summer months. When talking about Tyrone it’s almost impossible not to mention their 2008 Footballer of the Year recipient.
While Cavanagh is now moving into the final years of his career, his leadership alone is of huge significance to the Ulster men. Should Tyrone reach the business end of the championship, Cavanagh will have almost certainly played a huge role.
3. Diarmuid O’ Connor (25/1)
Young Footballer of the Year the last two years, the younger O’Connor is a key component in Mayo’s quest to finally reach the promised land.
Now ineligible for the junior edition of this award, if O’ Connor can step up his game an extra level again this summer, he could have a huge say in the championship. With Mayo expected, once again, to provide Dublin’s toughest opposition, O’ Connor could be a great choice.
4. David Moran (16/1)
Moran, who has overcome serious injuries in the past, was almost invincible in Kerry’s league final victory over Dublin, picking up the Man of the Match award in the same fixture.
The 6 ft 3 in midfielder will be hopeful he can carry his form into the championship to help Kerry reclaim Sam for the first summer in three years. With midfield playing a huge part in the modern game, Moran could be the standout player this summer.
5. Damien Comer (50/1)
Again, we finish with a long shot. Galway will not be tipped by many to climb the steps in September, however the Tribesmen are capable of causing a few upsets this summer.
One man who will be a handful for any defence is 2013 U-21 All-Ireland medallist Damien Comer. The 23-year-old is a lethal forward on his day, as displayed in last year’s championship, particularly with his rocket of a goal against Tipperary.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena