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Stephen Cluxton Has Been Named PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year For 2019

Stephen Cluxton Has Been Named PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year For 2019

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton has been named PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year For 2019. The goalkeeper was given the award at the National Convention Centre this evening, claiming the gong for the first time.

Cluxton beat out competition from teammates Jack McCaffrey and Con O'Callaghan.

It was a remarkable year for the Dublin man, who was incredible throughout the championship. While he has been rightly lauded over the years for his kick-outs, it was some more traditional goalkeeping duties which likely landed him this award.

Cluxton made some incredible saves over the summer, including in the All-Ireland final. He also dealt with Kerry's high balls incredibly well over those two games, while his kick-outs were typically exemplary.

This was the third occasion he had been nominated for football of the year, having previously made the shortlist in 2011 and 2014.

Remarkably, this year also marks his first All-Star award since 2013. He has been performing at such a consistent level that he was often overlooked for the goalkeeper position in the team of the year, but he has certainly been recognised this year.

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In a year where Dublin made history by claiming the five-in-a-row, it is fitting that their most consistent performer was recognised in this manner.

Elsewhere, Sean O'Shea was named as the PwC GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year.

The Kerry man had a remarkable year, which culminated in forcing Dublin to a replay in the All-Ireland final.

SEE ALSO: The 2019 PwC Football All-Star Team Has Been Revealed

Gary Connaughton

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