If hurlers had a transfer window – here’s our top 20 with values

We have decided to look at the top 20 hurlers in the country at present and if there was a transfer window in hurling what the value of the hurlers would be. For this article the maximum value of a player will be calculated similar to top flight soccer players in their value in millions the maximum for this article will be 1 million.  So it’s rather interesting take a look below and let us know your thoughts !

1. Tony Kelly (Clare) – In my eyes he his the best hurler in the country. He is an all rounder, can play at any position in the forward wing forward, centre forward or midfield. The simplest way to put it is he is the Cristiano Ronaldo of hurling in my opinion. Would be the first on many counties transfer lists. Value:  1 million

2. TJ Reid (Kilkenny) – Been pivotal for Kilkenny over the last 10 years or so. Is now the elder statesman in the team. He is superb from frees, will score 9/10 frees. Always good for a goal as well. Would again be high on the list of any inter-county manager. Value: 900,000

3. Joe Canning (Galway) – 2017 hurler of the year Joe Canning would be another player high on the list if there was a transfer window. Canning has won it all now in the GAA all stars, club titles , hurler of the year and an All-Ireland. He is a superb free taker and has pulled Galway and Portumna in matches on his own over the last 10 years. Value: 800,000

4. Padraic Maher (Tipperary) – The Thurles man has done it all already and he is still only 30 years of age but has been around now for 10 years. He has won 5 all stars as well as 2 All-Ireland and 5 Munster titles. Would be the first defender on many counties lists if there were transfers. Value: 750,000

5. Patrick Horgan (Cork) – Horgan is Cork’s most important forward. He amasses big scores in games and with him in your side you would go very close to winning games. He has three all stars to date and has scored 14 goals and over 300 points for Cork to date. Value: 650,000

6. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) – Hasn’t featured that much for Kilkenny this year but come championship I am sure he will be back to full fitness. Hogan can play anywhere from midfield up and is a very versatile player. The Danesfort who is now 30 years of age has won 7 All-Ireland, 8 Leinsters, 4 NHL and 4 all star awards. He was also named hurler of the year in 2014. When fully fit this man can win a game on his own.  Value: 625,000

7. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – Callanan is the Tipperary captain this year and again he will be pivotal if they are to claim back Liam McCarthy from which they last won in 2016 when they beat Kilkenny. The Drom and Inch has a keen eye for a goal and has 6 Munster titles, 2 All Ireland, 1 league title and 3 all stars. Should of been named hurler of the year in 2016 in my opinion. Value:600,000

8. Austin Gleeson (Waterford) – The Mount Sion man will look to have another big year. He is a former young hurler and hurler of the year.  A big game player and Waterford with him at centre back are a very solid team. Value – 550,000

9. Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – Noel McGrath has been a superb servant for Tipperary. At 28 he has won 2 All-Ireland titles, 3 Munster title and 2 all stars. He also won the all stars young hurler of the year in 2009. Value – 525,000

10. Jamie Barron (Waterford) – Barron has been an inspiration for Waterford since coming the into the squad. The Fourmilewater man has two all stars to his name coming in 2016 and 2017. A top class midfielder and one of the best in the game. Value: 500,000

11. John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – O’Dwyer is another player who has been superb for Tipperary. The Killenaule man has an impressive C.V. At 27 he has 1 all ireland, 2 Munster titles and 1 all star. The man known as Bubbles also won a U21 title in 2010. Value 500,000

12.Conor Whelan (Galway)- Whelan has a long career ahead of him in the maroon of Galway. The 22 year old Kinvara man has won 1 All Ireland, 1 Leinster medal and 1 all star. Value : 475,000

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick) – The new kid on the scene the last year or two at senior level . Gillane has been superb most recently in 2018 when helping Limerick to an all Ireland title. He is excellent from frees and always comes up with a goal now and then. Value : 425,000

14.  David Burke (Galway) – Another player when get going is one of the best in the country. The St Thomas’ man will have a big say in the championship for Galway this year. He has 3 leinster titles , 1 All Ireland, 1 national League and 4 all stars. A player that you would like to have in your team for sure. Value425,000

15. Richie Leahy (Kilkenny) – A young talent that has came through the underage ranks in Kilkenny. Leahy has a good few year ahead of him. The Instioge man has 1 national League medal but he will add to this tally in the coming years. Value : 425,000

16. Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny) – Another superb player for Kilkenny. Hasn’t been seen in the league to date owing to injury. However his C.V shows clearly he has won it all. He has won 3 All-Ireland medals, 3 Leinster medals, 4 national leagues and 2 all stars. He has also won county honours with his club Dicksboro at intermediate level. Value : 425,000

17. Cian Lynch (Limerick) – The hurler of the year 2018 makes the list for sure. A superb midfielder and at 23 he has won 1 all star and 1 All-Ireland medal. A player that inspires confidence to players around him. Would be surely on many managers shortlist for transfer. Value: 400,000

18. Paul Murphy (Kilkenny) – The 30 year old Army man has won 4 All-Ireland, 4 league titles and 4 all stars. He is a man marked and tough as nails and always give his all. Value: 400,000

19. Mark Coleman (Cork) – Another young player who makes the top 20. He has won 2 Munster titles and an all star award. The 23 year old Blarney man has a long career ahead of him. Value: 400,000

20. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork) – Another Cork man completes the 20. The Charlevilel man was superb in 2018 picking up an all star award. I expect him to have another big year. Value : 400,000

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