Probably too messy to give each new young up and coming/potential legend their own thread. But it could be handy to have one thread for all our younglads or lads that haven't played at the highest level yet, and discuss their progress/pedigree/background. If there is one already, apologies.
For a start, the three players I am most looking forward to seeing this year are LOD, Scanlon, and DOC2. All 3 showed glimpses last year that they will be more than mere journey men and have the pace, tenacity and hunger that is needed to become future legends. Early days no doubt.
LOD looks like a finisher. That extra bit of pace that Irish backs seem to lack. Can kick and collect. Can field a high ball, and can break a tackle. Zebo might have to look over his shoulder. No harm. He needs to up his work-rate.
Scanlon seems a tidy player too. Very aware of those around him from what I have seen. 2 from 2 this season if i'm not mistaken and is not wanting in the gears department either.
DOC2, could have a POM type breakthrough this season. Tenacity in abundance, and pretty damn fast for a 6ft 5er. Strong tackler.
Kilcoyne finished last season very strongly and looks like we might be able to rely on him for HEC which would be sweet.
These are the 4 that I see really pushing for HEC squads. I can't comment on Dougal and most of the other below cos I have not seen them playing at senior level. Could be a season too early for JJ and Butler, but no doubt their time will come.
Has anyone seen much of the lads not mentioned above in action and think they have what it takes this season?
Props: D Kilcoyne, J Ryan, S Archer, C Condon, A Cotter.
Hookers: S Henry,
Locks: I Nagle, D Foley, B. Hayes
Back row: P Butler, S Dougall, B O'Mahony, DOC 2.0
Half backs: C Sheridan,
Centre/Wing: JJ Hanrahan, T Smith, I Dineen,
Full-backs: S Scanlon, L O'Dea.