Derry duo named to All Stars Football Team – Photo 1 of 2

DERRY duo Chrissy McKaigue and Conor Glass have been included in the 2022 All Stars football squad.

Oak Leaf skipper McKaigue becomes one of the oldest players to win a top prize, while it is also the first recognition for fellow county side Glass.

Both men featured prominently – McKaigue in defense and Glass in midfield – as Derry secured a surprise but deserved Ulster SFC title win this year.

McKaigue, one of the nation’s top men’s scorers for the past decade, underscored his strengths by blocking virtually every opponent he faced in a long and memorable summer.

Glass, meanwhile, produced a series of powerful performances in the engine room, showing his prowess both in attack and defense, to confirm what we all knew – that the Maghera man is a class act.

Despite claiming two All Stars, there may be a tinge of frustration and disappointment in the county that other members of Ulster’s winning side have not also been recognised.

Certainly a case could be made for defenders Conor McCloskey and Brendan Rogers as well as striker Shane McGuigan who boosted their reputations as Rory Gallagher reached the All-Ireland semi-finals.

All-Ireland champions Kerry took the lion’s share of the awards, taking seven places, with beaten All-Ireland runners-up Galway having five players in the squad.

Ciarán Kilkenny from Dublin, winning his fourth prize, is part of the team.

David Clifford, Shane Walsh and Cillian McDaid are the nominees for Footballer of the Year.

2022 GAA Football All Stars: Shane Ryan (Kerry), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Jason Foley (Kerry), Liam Silke (Galway), Tadhg Morley (Kerry), John Daly (Galway), Gavin White (Kerry), Conor Glass (Derry), Cillian McDaid (Galway), Paudie Clifford (Kerry), Sean O’Shea (Kerry), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin), David Clifford (Kerry), Damien Comer (Galway), Shane Walsh (Galway).

Jack C. Nugent