Awards: Senior County Footballer of the Year

December 18, 2017

Meath fans wait for the throw in

Meath's participation in this year's Leinster SFC and All-Ireland Qualifier series didn't go as well as Royal County supporters would have hoped for.

The team in green and gold's promotion bid just came up short while there were championship disappointments against Kildare and Donegal.

The Senior County Footballer of the Year award is guaranteed to generate plenty of debate and here's our shortlist:

Bryan Menton

Having taken a year out in 2016, Donaghmore/Ashbourne's Menton returned to the inter-county fold and made his presence felt around the middle third of the field. The mobile midfielder was one of the team's most consistent performers and combined his defensive and attacking duties to good effect. 

Mickey Burke

Few forwards got the better of the Longwood man during the course of the year. He went about his business with the minimum of fuss and was one of the few players who performed up to scratch in the Leinster semi-final defeat to Kildare when holding Niall Kelly scoreless. 

Graham Reilly

Handed the captaincy by Andy McEntee, 'Biggy' delivered a five-star display in the Leinster SFC quarter-final success over Louth. The St Colmcille's player shot seven points in the 0-27 to 3-9 win over the Wee County and more of the same will be required if the Royals are to make an impression in both the league and championship in 2018.

It's a tough one to call but Bryan Menton shades the verdict.

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