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No GPA Award For Jordan?
I was really delighted when I heard that Joe and Justin Mc Mahon had both been awarded All Star Replacement trips for the upcoming visit to Malaysia. Individual awards like these are always nice and when a player works hard all season but his team is unsuccessful, a trip with The All Stars somehow softens the blow. Back when I was playing you could only be chosen for such a trip if you had maintained a blemish free season of no sendings off and produced a consistently high standard of performances. Fortunately the requirement around suspensions has disappeared and players are judged solely on their talent.
One such talented player and a man who has shown tremendous commitment to Tyrone over the years is Philip Jordan. Unfortunately it appears that the dogged and dependable Jordan may not be able to join Joe and Justin on the All Star trip later this month which is quite a disappointment for the Moy wing half back. Jordan has been outstanding for Tyrone all year since making his competitive comeback in the league game against Kerry.His ability to break the gain line and support the attack was once again very much in evidence throughout Tyrone’s campaign in Ulster.
His All Star award this year was thoroughly deserved and came as no great surprise to followers of Gaelic Football. Indeed he was one of a small group of Tyrone players who performed consistently well throughout the championship season. I was therefore rather surprised to discover that he had not made the GPA selection as one of the top fifteen players of this year. I may be wrong on this but I have a nagging feeling that Philip Jordan is not a member of The GPA but surely that would hardly count against him in terms of making their final team of the year?