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Dublin and Mayo lead the way with 11 nominees each for the 2016 GAA-GPA football All-Stars

Tyrone, Tipperary, Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Clare also have nominees.

Dean Rock and Kevin McLoughlin are amongst the players nominated.
Dean Rock and Kevin McLoughlin are amongst the players nominated.

DUBLIN AND MAYO lead the way for the 2016 GAA-GPA Opel All-Star football nominees with both counties receiving 11 nominations each.

Both counties top the 45-player shortlist for this year’s awards with Ulster champions Tyrone next in line with six nominees.

All-Ireland semi-finalists Tipperary have five nominations while Munster kingpins Kerry and Connacht champions Galway have four apiece.

Next up is Donegal on three while Clare’s Gary Brennan is their sole representative.

The team will be selected next month with the awards presented at a banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday 4 November.

The list of nominees in full is:

Goalkeepers

1. Evan Comerford (Tipperary)

2. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

3. David Clarke (Mayo)

David Clarke Mayo football goalkeeper David Clarke Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Defenders

1. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)

2. Brendan Harrison (Mayo)

3. Keith Higgins (Mayo)

4. Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin)

5. Lee Keegan (Mayo)

6. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

7. Philly McMahon (Dublin)

8. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

Ryan McHugh Donegal's Ryan McHugh Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

9. Cathal McCarron (Tyrone)

10. John Small (Dublin)

11. Patrick Durcan (Mayo)

12. Shane Enright (Kerry)

Shane Enright Kerry's Shane Enright Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

13. Declan Kyne (Galway)

14. James McCarthy (Dublin)

15. Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo)

16. Paddy McGrath (Donegal)

17. Killian Young (Kerry)

18. Robbie Kiely (Tipperary)

Robbie Kiely Tipperary footballer Robbie Kiely Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Midfielders

1. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

2. Peter Acheson (Tipperary)

3. Matthew Donnelly (Tyrone)

4. Gary Brennan (Clare)

5. Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone)

6. Paul Conroy (Galway)

Paul Conroy Galway's Paul Conroy Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Forwards

1. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)

2. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)

3. Dean Rock (Dublin)

4. Kevin McManamon (Dublin)

Kevin McManamon lifts The Sam Maguire Dublin's Kevin McManamon Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

5. Paul Geaney (Kerry)

6. Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary)

7. Andy Moran (Mayo)

8. Conor Sweeney (Tipperary)

Brendan Harrison and Conor Sweeney Tipperary's Conor Sweeney Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

9. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)

10. Paul Murphy (Kerry)

Paul Murphy celebrates scoring a point Kerry footballer Paul Murphy Source: James Crombie/INPHO

11. Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)

12. Damien Comer (Galway)

13. Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo)

14. Peter Harte (Tyrone)

Peter Harte celebrates at the final whistle Tyrone's Peter Harte Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

15. Danny Cummins (Galway)

16. Patrick McBrearty (Donegal)

17. Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone)

18. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

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