The Women's National League has maintained a decent record over its 10 seasons to date of supplying players to the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team and that is something that must not stop.

In her last two initial squads, Ireland WNT Manager Vera Pauw named nine different home-based players with five of those making the final cut to go into camp in Germany. That is an encouraging sign as those players are being viewed as important parts of the set-up.

Every player will strive to feature at the highest level that they can possibly reach and there is no reason why that cannot be the WNL for certain players and for that to still be considered good enough for international recognition.

Let's face it, whatever League Aine O'Gorman was playing in she would be included in the Ireland squad. However, she is a regular starter for Pauw's Ireland team because - some may argue - of the leading role that she plays for Peamount United. Her ability cannot be questioned but O'Gorman's drive has not diminished one bit in spite of now counting her international caps in triple figures.

Other players will look to O'Gorman as an example of what can be achieved. Certainly her Peamount club-mate Niamh Farrelly will be eager to learn from her as the DCU student continues to impress in each international camp. Getting onto the pitch has been difficult with so many options available to Pauw and the importance of their UEFA Women's EURO 2022 qualifiers.

Yet, the more sessions that the home-based players have with Pauw the better for their development. It is why Wexford Youths' Ellen Molloy is in such a fantastic position after earning call-ups for the squads to take on Germany and Ukraine. She will learn so much from being brought into that environment.

As Ireland prepare to take on Ukraine in their next game - where a Play-Off spot can be secured by just earning a draw - there is an important role for the WNL players to play. Some will be pushing for starting spots, others will be keeping their team-mates sharp, but all will be contributing.

It is a team effort that earns victories and it is fantastic to see many WNL players part of an Ireland squad who are moving ever closer to making history.