Lee Keegan, the 2016 winner, has been nominated again for the PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year award alongside the Tyrone pair of Kieran McGeary and Conor Meyler.

The latter two were central figures in Tyrone's first All-Ireland success in 13 years, both playing every minute from the semi-final onwards.

McGeary and Meyler, both 27, emerged as part of the same generation and were members of both Tyrone's 2015 U21 All-Ireland winning team - McGeary captaining the side - and the Paddy Tally managed St Mary's team that won the Sigerson Cup in 2017.

Half-back McGeary was named Man of the Match after the shock semi-final victory over Kerry and was subsequently chosen as The Sunday Game Player of the Year.

Meyler, meanwhile, was hailed for his selflessness and effectiveness both in defence and in possession throughout the season. Interestingly, while nominally stationed at half-forward in Tyrone's fluid season, he has been nominated in the half-back line in the All-Star XV.

Kieran McGeary is up for the Footballer of the Year

Keegan, who is a few weeks short of his 32nd birthday, is nominated again for Footballer of the Year after winning in 2016.

The Westport player was nominated ahead of team-mates like Padraig O'Hora and Matthew Ruane, testament to his widely praised efforts in a losing cause in the All-Ireland final.

In the Young Footballer of the Year contest, Oisín Mullin has the opportunity to follow in both Cillian and Diarmuid O'Connor's footsteps and take the award two years running.

He is nominated alongside Tyrone's Darragh Canavan and Galway's Matthew Tierney.