Jack Rodwell has tipped Seamus Coleman to succeed him as Everton’s young player of the year.
Rodwell was acclaimed the club’s top emerging talent last season and admits to being blown away by his teammate’s superb displays.
Such has been the Killybegs native’s form he was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, a prize he missed out on to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere on Sunday night.
However, England U-21 international Rodwell told evertontv he is confident Coleman won’t finish the season without any new additions to his mantelpiece.
“I am buzzing for him,” said the midfielder, who returned from an ankle injury in the win over Blackburn.
“We are really close and it is great to see him doing well. He has had a great season and that is shown by his PFA nomination and I am sure he will get young player at Everton as well.
“I have really enjoyed watching him this season. He is just so exciting and when he gets the ball all the fans get out of their seats. He has also come up with quite a few goals and assists which is really good to see.”
Coleman and his Everton teammates face a trip to league leaders Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime. David Moyes’ side are currently in seventh place in the Premier League table.
Disappointment for Dunleavy
There was also another slice of bad luck this week for Johnny Dunleavy from Ballybofey.
The central defender, who is on loan at Barnet from Wolverhampton Wanderers, picked up an ankle injury in training on Monday.
It is feared that the injury might be ligament damage, but the 19-year-old will have to wait until next week, when the swelling clears, to have a scan. Dunleavy’s season, though, is certainly over as is his loan spell at the League Two club.
The injury marks a continuation of a frustrating two years for the Irish underage international. He damaged his medial ligaments in a game against Crewe Alexandra for Wolves’ youth team two years’ ago.
After making a recovery and even joining the Republic of Ireland U-19s for a training camp, the former Ballybofey United innocuously broke a fifth metatarsal whilst walking owards his car in August of 2009. Complications in the surgery meant a pin in his foot had to be re-set. Dunleavy made his league bow this season for Barnet against Southend in January.
Donegal officials in Croke Park
Donegal referees Robbie O’Donnell and Shaun McLaughlin will also feature in Croke Park on Sunday as part of the team of officials for the Allianz Division One League final between Dublin and Cork.
Naomh Mhuire man O’Donnell will be linesmen for the Division One final while Malin’s McLaughlin will be sideline official for the game, which throws-in at 4 p.m. after the Donegal v Laois game.
Countdown to North West 10k
The North West 10k committee has confirmed that one of Letterkenny’s senior citizens Packie Gibbons will give the signal for the walkers and runners to officially start the 14th staging of the event on Sunday week, May 1st in Letterkenny. Packie has walked in all of the 10ks since the North West commenced in 1997.
Chairperson Grace Boyle says she is delighted that Packie from College Farm Road has accepted the invitation to start the charity event that to date has raised over half a million euro for 25 organisations in Donegal.
There will be traffic restrictions on the Pearse Road and Loop Road on the day of the race and walk. The road will be closed at the Tesco Roundabout at Gleneany House over to JJ Reid Motors along the Pearse Road from 1 to 4 p.m. on the day of the event.
No parking will be allowed at the Community Centre. Parking will be available at McGinley Motors with access from the Justice Walsh Road only. Chairperson Grace Boyle is asking as many people as possible to enter on-line at www.northwest10k.com.
It’s important that as people as possible pre-enter to facilitate the smooth running of the event which gets underway at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1st. There will also be an opportunity for participants to enter at Letterkenny Community Centre on Saturday week, April 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. On the day entertainment will be provided at the Community Centre by Bridgeen Carr’s Blue Ribbon group.