Peamount United’s Karen Duggan could become the first player to be named Women’s National League Player of the Year three times as this year’s shortlist was announced.
The former Ireland international has been named among the list of three nominees, with Galway’s Savannah McCarthy and Wexford Youths’ Kylie Murphy also shortlisted.
Midfielder Duggan is the reigning Player of the Year following a barnstorming 2020 season that saw the Peas romp to a league and FAI Cup double.
She had previously been awarded the league’s most prestigious gong for the 2015/16 season, and has been named in the team of the season no less than six times so far.
She will face stiff competition from McCarthy, whose dominant performances for the Tribeswomen have seen her earn a starting berth in defence for Vera Pauw’s national team.
And Murphy has enjoyed one of the most productive seasons of her career as a move up front has seen her bag 15 goals, just one shy of golden boot winner Áine O’Gorman.
30-year-old Duggan earned 35 caps for her country over six years before retiring from international duties to focus on her club football.
In 2016, as well as scooping the league’s Player of the Year award, she was also named Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI awards.
The Kilkenny native, who has also played camogie at county level, is now a regular pundit on RTÉ’s soccer coverage and co-presents a podcast focused women’s football on Off the Ball.