The 2017 ‘Three’ FAI International Award nominees have been announced with Shane Duffy, James McClean and Darren Randolph set to battle it out for the Senior International Player of the Year gong, writes Steve Neville.
The awards will take place on March 18 and will be broadcast live RTÃ‰.
The late Jimmy Magee is set to be posthumously honoured on the night with a Special Merit award.
The commentator passed away in September 2017 and was regarded by many as the voice of Irish sport having commentated at 11 Olympic Games and 12 World Cups.
Elsewhere, Megan Campbell, Denise O’Sullivan and Harriet Scott will compete for the Senior Women’s International Player of the Year award while Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy and Callum O’Dowda are all nominated for Young International Player of the Year.
James McClean is nominated twice in the Goal of the Year category for his strikes against Uruguay and Wales and he will be up against Jonathan Walters’ strike against Austria.
League of Ireland champions Cork City have two players nominated in the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year award with Sean Maguire and Conor McCormack up against Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney.
The Hall of Fame and International Personality awards are to be announced on the night.
The list of nominees in full is:
Senior International Player of the Year
Senior Women’s International Player of the Year
Young International Player of the Year
International Goal of the Year
James McClean v Uruguay
James McClean v Wales
Jonathan Walters v Austria
Under 21 International Player of the Year
Under 19 International Player of the Year
Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year
Under 17 International Player of the Year
Under 17 Women’s International of the Year
Under 16 International Player of the Year
Under 16 Women’s International Player of the Year
Amy Boyle Carr
Under 15 Men’s International Player of the Year
Junior International Player of the Year
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
Chris Higgins (St Michael’s)
David Joyce (Clonmel Celtic)
Intermediate Player of the Year
Jimmy Bradley (Cockhill Celtic)
Brian Fitzgerald (Cobh Wanderers)
Aidan Roche (Liffey Wanderers)
Colleges Universities International Player of the Year
Sean McLoughlin (UCC)
Daire O’Connor (UCD)
Ross Then (DCU)
Schools International Player of the Year
Shane Blaney (St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny)
Neil Farrugia (St Andrew’s College, Blackrock)
John Martin (Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown)
Football For All International Player of the Year
David Bissett (Homeless World Cup squad)
Gary Hoey (Amputee squad)
Gary Messitt (Cerebral Palsy squad)
SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Sean Maguire (Cork City)
Conor McCormack (Cork City)
Patrick McEleney (Dundalk)