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Six nominees named for the Ulster Footballer of the Year award

Could Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew win the Ulster Footballer of the Year award?
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Mark Marlow
Could Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew win the Ulster Footballer of the Year award? Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Mark Marlow

By Gareth McCullough

Linfield pair Jamie Mulgrew and Jimmy Callacher are among six nominees in the running to win the Ulster Footballer of the Year Award for 2019.

Blues skipper Mulgrew picked up the honour two years ago and he has been nominated again, alongside defender Callacher, while Ballymena United duo Jim Ervin and Adam Lecky, Crusaders duo David Cushley and Jordan Forsythe are also up for the award, which will be handed out at the ceremony in the Titanic Centre on Monday April 29.

Mulgrew's side are currently nine points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership and they face their closest rivals Ballymena at The Showgrounds on Friday night and a win for David Healy's men would see them all but secure the league title with four games remaining. Team-mate Callacher has been the bedrock of the meanest defence in the top flight, having only conceded 21 goals in their 33 games so far this season. Callacher has also been a threat at the other end, with nine goals, his best tally for a season so far. 

Veteran Ballymena captain Jim Ervin and striker Adam Lecky will vie for the main award after United centre-back Kofi Balmer was nominated for the Young Player of the Year award, alongside Glenavon's Caolan Marron and Coleraine midfielder Ben Doherty.

Cushley's form for the Crues, particularly in the second half of the season, sees him down as one of the six, with team-mate Forsythe completing the lineup of nominees.

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