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Top 5 Forwards in Gaelic Football

Top 5 Forwards in Gaelic Football

Below are the 5 players we believe  to be the best forwards in Gaelic football today

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Ciaran Kilkenny ( Dublin )  

When talking about the best forwards in the country the Castleknock man has to be right near the top of any discussion. 

An automatic pick on the dominant Dubs of the last decade, Kilkenny is the pivot on which Dublin base most of their forward play.

Whether he plays in the half forward line, full forward line or out around the middle the 27 year old is always available for a pass and is always a huge contributor to the scores that Dublin put on the scoreboard, either scoring himself or assisting his teammates.


Con O’ Callaghan ( Dublin ) 

A gifted hurler also, Con O Callaghan is well on his way to becoming one of the truly great forwards in gaelic football if he continues to turn in performances for Dublin like he has in his career to date.

Since his switch to the inside forward line, O Callaghan has taken his game to new heights, and is already regarded as possibly the most feared forward in the country. 

A powerhouse inside now, he has taken the art of running directly at his man to new levels, and has proven himself to be the man for the big occasion, with that x factor in front of goals that very few players possess.


Conor McManus ( Monaghan ) 

No player has contributed more to Monaghan’s development over the course of the past decade than their superstar forward Conor McManus. The Clontibret star has positioned himself as one of the best forwards in the game and fully justifies his place on this list. 

What makes the Monaghan man great is the fact that he is regularly double marked by some of the best defenders in the game but yet he always delivers for his county and never shies away from the challenge.  

He consistently performs on the big stage against the top teams who have game plans tailored around stopping him, while he always seems to provide at least a couple of magical moments that beggar belief every season.



David Clifford ( Kerry ) 

Already a superstar in gaelic games and still only 21, Clifford is the most talked about gaelic footballer in many years. From his minor days with the all conquering Kerry side to now, he has established himself as a generational talent in a county that prides itself on creating top quality footballers and champions.

His ability to conjure a score is matched already by only a select few, while his physical attributes have allowed him to make the jump from underage to senior without any problems.  

His inability to shirk the responsibility of playing for the Kerry senior team and being the main man in attack already is another admirable quality of the young star, a trait backed up by the fact that he is the captain of the team this year. 


Shane Walsh ( Galway )  

Underachievers for too long, Galway set about rebuilding themselves with the appointment of county legend Padraig Joyce as senior manager for 2020, and as the National Football League was suggesting before it was stopped earlier in the year the new manager was well on his way to bringing a swagger and attacking style back to the Tribesmen.  

Key to this is star forward and captain for this year, Shane Walsh. Long accepted as one of the most gifted footballers in the country a switch into the full forward line by the new manager seems to have brought further improvement in the 26 year old.

Galway’s attacking plan now seems to be built around getting the ball into Walsh in the inside line quickly where he can do the most damage to opponents. If this plan continues working as well as it was before football was halted, the manager’s ambition to win everything in 2020 may not seem as far fetched as first thought. 


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