It may still be very early in her Women's National League career but Shauna Brennan is showing signs of developing into an excellent player.

Having been promoted for Galway WFC's Under-17 team, the talented teenager has made the left-back slot her own. She is quick to attack spaces, good at intercepting passes, strong with her tackling, able to supply dangerous crosses, and makes endless amounts of overlapping runs forward.

Quite simply, she is one of the most exciting young players in the League right now. 

Galway boss Billy Clery knows that there is still a lot more boxes for Brennan to tick but he is showing trust in her to learn on the job. And she has responded so far by taking it all in her stride.

A good mentor will help her to reach the next level and Galway are fortunate that they have the ideal candidate for that role in Meabh de Burca. The former Republic of Ireland Women's international knows all about dealing with expectations and, crucially, operating as a full-back.

If Brennan can pick up some tips from de Burca - in terms of positioning, choice of pass, how to read the movements of an opponent, and how to maintain a sense of professionalism - then she will continue on her rise to becoming a top player.

Perhaps Brennan could come onto the radar for the Ireland Women's Team with left-back options seeing Aine O'Gorman fill in due to Megan Campbell struggling with injuries. A new contender for the spot may freshen things up.

But it is all very early for Brennan. She's only a few games into the 2020 season and Ireland are at a crucial point of their EURO 2022 qualifying campaign so now is not the time to be focusing on that. Instead, she needs to get as many games completed as possible and keep on improving.

If she takes everything game by game then there is little doubt that she will continue to learn. Galway have an excellent player to help fulfil her potential.