Jack Byrne claims main PFAI award

Jack Byrne joins up with the national team today as the newly-crowned PFA Ireland Player of the Year.

The Shamrock Rovers midfielder was voted the best in the league by his fellow pros ahead of Dundalk’s Seán Gannon and Michael Duffy.

Byrne, 23, joined Rovers from Kilmarnock last January after a tough few years in the UK.

But he settled back in at home and had earned an Ireland call-up by March.

Byrne followed that up with some dazzling performances for the Hoops.

Stephen Bradley’s side eventually finished second in the Premier Division and won the FAI Cup.

INTERNATIONAL IMPACT

Playmaker Byrne also won his first Ireland cap when he came on against Bulgaria in September.

Today he links up with Mick McCarthy’s squad as they prepare for Thursday’s friendly with New Zealand and the Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark tomorrow week.

Bohemians’ Danny Mandroiu — the Young Player of the Year — also has internationals on his mind.

The Ireland Under-21s fly out today ahead of their Uefa qualifier with Armenia on Thursday.

Cabinteely’s Rob Manley claimed the First Division award after finishing top of the scoring charts with 17 goals last term.

Drogheda United boss Tim Clancy won the First Division boss award.

Premier Division champions Dundalk were also honoured, with Vinny Perth scooping the top-flight manager’s award.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s