Irish League: We pick our Player of the Year at every Premiership club this season

We are in the midst of the awards season as this current campaign winds down so we decided to offer up our picks for the standout performers at all 12 Irish Premiership clubs.

There have been some impressive displays throughout the league this term and a few difficult decisions were made as we nailed down our final selection.

Check out our final choices below

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Ballymena United - Fraser Taylor

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Fraser Taylor -Credit:INPHO/Evan Logan

The on-loan St Mirren midfielder has been one of the bright sparks in what has been a tough season for the Sky Blues. His energetic displays have been capped off with a couple of memorable goals along the way.

Carrick Rangers - Danny Gibson

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Danny Gibson -Credit:INPHO/Matt Mackey

The striker was a key season for Stuart King's men in the summer and it has proved to be a masterstroke as his goals and all-round play have helped propel Carrick to the best-ever Premiership finish and on the brink of a European play-off spot.

Cliftonville - Rory Hale

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Rory Hale -Credit:INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

The midfielder has played an integral role for the Reds all season helping them to secure a top three finish and a place in the Irish Cup final. Hale is a real a driving force for Jim Magilton's side and has popped up with a number of key goals as well

Coleraine - Matthew Shevlin

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Matthew Shevlin -Credit:DAVID CAVAN

It has been a frustrating season for the striker as he spent so much time on the sidelines but he has proved his worth once more on his return to action helping to fire the Bannsiders into the top six and in the mix for a European spot.

Crusaders - Ben Kennedy

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Ben Kennedy -Credit:INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

Kennedy has certainly made the headlines this season in more ways than one. The forward, who is the Crues' top scorer, looked to be on his way out of Seaview in January but has forced his way back into the team again continuing to play a key role in their success.

Dungannon Swifts - Dean Curry

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Dean Curry -Credit:INPHO/Brian Little

The big defender has been a mainstay for the Swifts with impressive performances at the back, but he has also popped up with vital goals including the winner against Linfield at Windsor Park back in January.

Glenavon - Jack Malone

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Jack Malone -Credit:INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

Malone has become a key member of this Glenavon side thanks to his all-action displays and his eye for goal particularly from set-pieces.

Glentoran - Johnny Russell

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Johnny Russell -Credit:INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

What a season it has been for the teenager since signing his first pro deal with the club back in November he has been an integral part of the starting XI with some impressive performances at fullback with plenty more to come from the 19-year-old.

Larne - Andy Ryan

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Andy Ryan -Credit:INPHO/Brian Little

The striker has picked up this season where he left off the last. Ryan's lethal partnership with Lee Bonis has helped fire Larne top of the league with both forwards on 28 goals so far, but his all round play is such an asset for the Invermen.

Linfield - Kyle McClean

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Kyle McClean -Credit:INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

A key season for the Blues midfielder as he added goals to his impressive displays. McClean has become one of the first names on the Linfield team sheet alongside Jamie Mulgrew in the engine room.

Loughgall - Benji Magee

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Benji Magee -Credit:INPHO/Brian Little

Loughgall have been the surprise package this season following their promotion to the Premiership but that is due to in no small part the performances of Magee. The striker has bagged 16 league goals to date attracting the attention of several EFL clubs.

Newry City - Adam Salley

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Adam Salley -Credit:INPHO/Philip Magowan

Newry haven't had a lot to shout about this season but Salley has shown he knows where the net is reaching double figures in the Premiership. Keeping him will be vital for the club going forward.

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