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Who Will Be The Breakout Stars Of 2019?

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Replying To Sweetspot:  "A daunting amount of talent there amongst last years debutants, just when you think there might be a spout of retirements, there's a man amongst that list to cover every position.
From my own county, Jimmy Hyland we hope will do fantastic things, there are a number of that u20 team that could push on this year as well but a young Jack Robinson would be my tip, other than Hyland, to be a household name in years to come, despite not having played u20 or being senior this year.

Also regarding hurling, these threads are for both codes, no use giving thumbs down just cos they're talking hurling"
Wouldn't know much about Jack Robinson to be honest with you a chara. Where does he play? Did he take a year off?

We've been no slouches at U21/20 this era and we had a decent team last year, but we were absolutely mauled by Kildare, they were one of the best U21/20s teams ive seen at that level. So i would be more then hopeful on Kildare going from strength to strength next year and beyond. Flynn will be a miss though.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 1932 - 02/01/2019 12:48:58    2155456

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Replying To panamasam:  "Not really a breakout star as most will know the name from Gweedore's run in the Ulster club championship but I expect Odhran Mcfadden Ferry to bring his tigerish displays with his club to inter county level. He is very much in the mould of the likes of McMahon and Cooper in that he is aggressive and physical with no quarter given but plays with no shortage of skill. From a Donegal perspective Jason McGee, Niall O'Donnell and the slightly more senior Eoin McHugh could be worth keeping an eye out for. In the case of McHugh he is every bit as quick as his cousin but I think was lacking in confidence especially in front of goal when last seen at inter county level. However he has shown up well in recent challenge games and has really developed physically when formally a bit lightweight."
Impressed with Odhran McFadden Ferry as I hadn't heard of him before, has he played any senior county matches yet? I'm hearing that Niall O Donnell and Oisin Gallen are very young lads with great potential , hope they remain injury free. Eoin McHugh must be approaching mid 20s by now, wonder how he will do after taking a year out. In today's game players are expected to break through defensive screens and impede the progress of other players running towards you at full tilt. Coaches seem reluctant to include more than one or two light pacey players in a team. Ryan McHugh is in pole position for players of this stature in the Donegal panel with the ideal mix of pace, skill, intelligence, bravery and scoring ability.

Curlew66 (Roscommon) - Posts: 311 - 02/01/2019 13:22:19    2155458

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Donegal: Niall O'Donnell & Odhran McFadden-Ferry.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6134 - 02/01/2019 13:22:44    2155459

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Replying To Curlew66:  "Impressed with Odhran McFadden Ferry as I hadn't heard of him before, has he played any senior county matches yet? I'm hearing that Niall O Donnell and Oisin Gallen are very young lads with great potential , hope they remain injury free. Eoin McHugh must be approaching mid 20s by now, wonder how he will do after taking a year out. In today's game players are expected to break through defensive screens and impede the progress of other players running towards you at full tilt. Coaches seem reluctant to include more than one or two light pacey players in a team. Ryan McHugh is in pole position for players of this stature in the Donegal panel with the ideal mix of pace, skill, intelligence, bravery and scoring ability."
No but McFadden Ferry was with the underage teams. He was with the Donegal U-20's last year who were a very talented group but got beat by a very good Derry team on the day where Donegal underperformed probably believing their own hype a little bit I suspect. He was also part of the minor group in 2016. I imagine he would also have been a prominent member of what would have been an exceptional Donegal U-21 team last year were it not for the grade to be wrongfully scrapped. He joined the army and physically he has transformed the last year or so. I think he might be the man to come in and allow Ban Gallagher to push on up to half back line. As you seen with Gweedore despite his youth he is in no way daunted by taking on and marking the opponents most dangerous players.

As for O'Donnell and Gallen I iamgine Gallen will definitely be with the U-20's this year. He will be involved with the senior set up for training etc but I think with the glut of talent present and coming through that players still U-20 will stay there. Niall O'Donnell is a special player but still very young. Physically he has come on alot but is still developing in that regard which is important as being a special talent he will be targeted. He has it all but might just need another year or 2 till really flourishing.

The early signs for Eoin McHugh are positive. Physically he looks a different man and has obviously done an awful lot of gym work. He has started as a wing back but I am not sure how this will suit looking forward. One thing he does have is incredible pace and if he can find consistency with his scoring boots he could be quite an addition to an already strong looking Donegal panel.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 1612 - 02/01/2019 17:25:00    2155479

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Replying To TheUsername:  "Wouldn't know much about Jack Robinson to be honest with you a chara. Where does he play? Did he take a year off?

We've been no slouches at U21/20 this era and we had a decent team last year, but we were absolutely mauled by Kildare, they were one of the best U21/20s teams ive seen at that level. So i would be more then hopeful on Kildare going from strength to strength next year and beyond. Flynn will be a miss though."
Jack played minor 2016 and would have been on the u20 winning team had he not gone traveling. Seemed a cert for senior call up but hasn't happened.
Was at that game v Dublin which was one of their more comprehensive wins. Have to say though I've seen better u20/21 Dublin teams in the preceding years. Dublin have had great success in bringing their lads through, hopefully our lads do as well.

St.Conleth (Kildare) - Posts: 1503 - 02/01/2019 17:30:45    2155480

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Replying To Sweetspot:  "He was in Canada last Summer if I'm not mistaken and for the life of me I haven't a clue why he's not been called up."
Nobody seems to know why he hasn't joined the seniors. I was talking to a well known ex player involved with him at underage who expected him to be called to senior panel ahead of most others. Can only assume Jack couldn't commit.

St.Conleth (Kildare) - Posts: 1503 - 02/01/2019 17:36:15    2155483

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Replying To TheUsername:  "Wouldn't know much about Jack Robinson to be honest with you a chara. Where does he play? Did he take a year off?

We've been no slouches at U21/20 this era and we had a decent team last year, but we were absolutely mauled by Kildare, they were one of the best U21/20s teams ive seen at that level. So i would be more then hopeful on Kildare going from strength to strength next year and beyond. Flynn will be a miss though."
Wing/Corner forward, one of the stars of the 2016 minor team, as good a shooter as Hyland in my opinion, travelled last summer so wasn't part of the u20 team. Flynn will undoubtedly be missed but I'll not begrudge a man for taking a year out from a voluntary cause, the players are humans too, and there is great talent coming through the forward ranks

Sweetspot (Kildare) - Posts: 67 - 02/01/2019 18:34:39    2155486

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in wexford i think seamus casey could be a serious addition to the senior team.he was outstanding at u21.

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 3090 - 04/01/2019 14:20:54    2155652

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https://www.gaa.ie/football/news/10-young-gaelic-footballers-to-watch-in-2019/

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 31 - 04/01/2019 16:25:40    2155671

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Dalton or Flynn for Cork. Maher for Kilkenny if he has a bit of luck with injuries for a change. Monahan or Concannon for Galway. Morris or Browne for Tipp. Waterford could have plenty: Lyons, Foran, Ryan etc. Dunbar for Wexford. I am missing loads, but that is a few of the top of my head.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2333 - 04/01/2019 17:33:32    2155678

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There are a number of promising young forwards coming up in the Monaghan set up at the moment - Barry McGinn, Michel Bannigan, David Garland, Stephen O'Hanlon. Some have played in bits and pieces so far but I'd be hopeful at least a couple will be regulars throughout league and championship and play a decent part.

I'd say McGinn would have featured last year only for an injury which ended his year, and O'Hanlon has been in exceptional form on the club scene, and I think alot of people in Monaghan are looking forward to seeing what he can do in a county jersey.

patk (Monaghan) - Posts: 744 - 04/01/2019 18:49:11    2155687

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https://www.gaa.ie/hurling/news/10-young-hurlers-to-watch-in-2019/

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 31 - 05/01/2019 17:52:23    2155756

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