Yeovil Town's on-loan central defender Shane Duffy has been nominated for an award from his country's Football Association. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who is on loan from Premier League side Everton, has been shortlisted for the FAI's Under-21 international player of the year, having captained his side at that level over the past year.
Shane has been named as one of three players, with the other two being Watford midfielder Sean Murray and Millwall striker Aiden O'Brien, who is currently on loan at League Two side Torquay United.
The nominations are part of a wider awards evening being held in Dublin on Sunday 2nd March at RTE Studios with the event broadcast live on RTE Two and RTE.ie that night. Other major award nominations include Seamus Coleman, David Forde and Robbie Keane up for International Player of the Year, whilst Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Keane and Shane Long will scrap it out for International Goal of the Year.
Shane will at that point be on a short international duty, with midweek matches lined up during the midweek period between Yeovil's away match at Reading and the current planned home game against Sheffield Wednesday. The Irish press had suggested that he might get a full international call-up for the Republic of Ireland match against Serbia, but as yet that is not the case.
It is most likely Shane will be selected for their Under-21 home match against Montenegro, which would be his 20th appearance at that level. That match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 5th March, kick-off 3.00p.m. local time at the Tallaght Stadium, and is a UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier.
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