The countdown to the Irish League is on.

With the league kicking off this Saturday it’s only a matter of time until we see who will really make an impact this season.

With stand-out player Joe Gormley making it across the water to Peterborough United after scoring a staggering 40 goals in 2014-15, including five hat-tricks, breaking the club’s record for goals in a season, who else can fill the 26 year old’s boots?

We take a look at some of the most promising local Belfast players in the league right now.

Which young player do you think will have the most effect on the league this year?

Only time (and points on the scoreboard) will tell…

1. Jay Donnelly



Brother of Rory Donnelly, who moved to Swansea (and now at Gillingham).

An extremely versatile, skilful young player, who can play both on the wing or up front.

This is sure to be one that clubs across the water will be sure to be keeping an eye on throughout the the season.

Can he help Cliftonville fill the void left by the departing Joe Gormley?

2. Niall Quinn


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Set pieces come easy to the Blue’s prized young defender, a player any team would love to have.

Niall Quinn plays beyond his years and will be a vital player as the Blues mount a surge to bring the Gibson Cup back to Windsor Park.

3. Gavin Whyte



Arguably the find of last season’s campaign, Steven Baxter’s young, talented winger tortured many a defender in last season’s campaign.

Gavin has already earned himself some seriously deserving admiring glances from English giants Everton FC.

This is one that could well make it across the water very soon.

4. Thomas Cosgrove




The Red’s consistent right back boasts pace in abundance and a cool head in defence.

Thomas is guaranteed to play a big role this season as Tommy Breslin aims to improve on last year’s campaign following Cliftonville’s previous success.

5. Jordan Stewart



Skilful and unpredictable for any defender, Jordan is quickly becoming Glentoran’s talisman.

Sure to score some vital goals this season for the Glens.


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