20. JAMES McGUIRK
The winner of the 2016 Rising Star award, James proved himself to be an invaluable member of the team during his first season. As one of the first names on the team sheet, the centre back has forged an excellent partnership with the captain, Jamie Smith. His ability to close down attackers quickly and win the ball, his aerial prowess and knack for scoring big goals from set pieces have seen him established as arguably one of the finest defenders in the league.
Despite being a fairly quiet player on the pitch, his performances speak for themselves and help to push the players around him to raise their games. James has garnered the reputation of being a rock at the back when Shane are under pressure from opposing teams and spreads confidence throughout the team as he thwarts attacks time and again.
Having already put in a man of the match performance in our opening game, James will be a hugely important player for the Mighty Shane during 2017.
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