All-Star 15 of footballers who HAVEN'T made it to All-Ireland final
The best of the rest.
Every year is the same. A couple of unheralded players shoot the lights out in their provincial championships. The All-Star calls are legitimate and they're taken on board too.
It isn't long before they're swallowed up though.
The weeks pass and the underdogs are knocked out. Their star fades rapidly. Dublin and some other county win on semi-final weekend and suddenly the players who impressed in Croke Park are nailed on for their All-Stars.
Look at Con O'Callaghan for example. Prior to Saturday's showdown against Mayo, he had 2-9 to his name from six games in a season that could be classed as 'decent.'
Two stunning goals off Lee Keegan and now his season is 'outstanding' and not only is he odds-on to win an All-Star, he's the 6/4 favourite to be the Footballer of the year. That's some turnaround from just one game.
It's a completely different story for a player like Conor Cox. In Connacht he was unmarkable and his form was outstanding. Everything he touched turned to gold. Now, after a couple of tough outings in the Super 8s he his chances of earning an All-Star are slim.
So it's time to appreciate those early summer players who brought May and June to life. Here's our All-Star team of players who won't be in the All-Ireland final (All-Star team excluding Dublin and Kerry players)
As for the All-Stars proper, a number of the players mentioned above should hold their place. Cathal McShane, Paddy Durcan, Ronan McNamee, Michael Murphy and Colm Boyle for sure. Possibly Aidan O'Shea, Stephen McMenamin and Cox too.