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Dublin's Conor McHugh was the best U21 footballer in the country in 2014

The Dublin forward has been named the Cadbury Hero of the Future.

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DUBLIN U21 FOOTBALLER Conor McHugh has been today named the Cadbury Hero of the Future for 2014.

McHugh’s exploits for the Dublin All-Ireland winning side have helped him win the award after the Dubs defeated Roscommon in the final last month in Tullamore.

The attacker shone in that final as he scored 1-6 from play and it followed up his brilliant display when scoring 0-3 in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Cavan. He had previously weighed in with 0-8 when in action during Dublin’s Leinster U21 winning campaign.

The All-Ireland title win added to the minor football crown that McHugh picked up in 2012 with Dublin while he is also a talented hurler and was part of the Dublin minor sides that lost the 2011 and 2012 deciders.

McHugh saw off stiff competition for the award in teammate Cormac Costello, Roscommon stars Diarmuid Murtagh and Thomas Corcoran, Cavan’s Michael Argue and Cork’s dual player Alan Cadogan.

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McHugh was selected as the winner by a panel of judges that includes former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill.

Na Fianna club man McHugh will receive €1,000 in prize money and his club will also receive a grant of €1,000.

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