Sometimes when a player opts to end their international career people almost write them off, as if they are ready to be wheeled into a retirement home. Although it often extends a player's club career.

Karen Duggan is certainly benefitting from having her sole focus on Peamount United. The Kilkenny native served the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team well - and could still do a job if ever needed - but her club form is now all that matters when it comes to football.

The experienced midfielder might have been slightly worried going into the 2020 season with younger players eyeing up her starting spot. The arrival of Sabhdh Doyle from Galway WFC and the return of Tiegan Ruddy from injury added to the competition already in place with Niamh Farrelly, Lucy McCartan, Megan Symth-Lynch and Della Doherty.

With Farrelly moved to centre-back and Smyth-Lynch used more out wide or in an advanced role, the threat was lowered somewhat but Duggan knew that she would only stay ahead of them if she was performing each week. And she has been outstanding this season.

It's not so much rolling back the years as it is just doing what she has always done. She breaks up opposition attacks, moves the ball forward quickly in transition, wins aerial duels, connects play so naturally that she could probably do it blindfolded, and even pops up with the odd, crucial goal.

A superb performance in the UEFA Women's Champions League tie away to Glasgow City was matched by another stellar display in the title decider against Shelbourne. And it was her headed goal against Shels that put Peamount in front and, ultimately, on their way to retaining the League title.

Without doubt Duggan is a contender for the WNL Player of the Year award. She has been consistently excellent and that is one of the main reasons why Peamount pipped Shels to glory. Every League-winning teams need a player like Duggan.