Every season brings about an excitement of which players will catch the eye by seizing their opportunity to shine on the big stage. And 2021 is no different in the SSE Airtricity Women's National League.

The difference this year is that there were almost too many candidates to pick from each of the nine clubs, which showcases the amount of talented, young players in the League.

Here is the list:

Athlone Town: Muireann Devaney
The Leitrim native is a powerhouse of a midfielder who breaks up play and gets her team moving on counter attacks. If she can impress early in the season then don't be surprised if she earns a call-up to the Republic of Ireland WNT squad - they need a player like her.

Bohemians: Courtney Maguire
It is seldom that a goalkeeper is selected as a team's key component, but such is the rise of Maguire in recent months, and Bohemians' dependency on her, that it would be foolish to look past her. She has all of the tools required to become a challenger for Ireland's No 1 position.

Cork City: Nadine Seward
This Waterford native took everyone by surprise last season by making the transition from Cork's Under-17s to the senior ranks without any issues. Exceptionally quick, hard-working and keen to unload shots at goal, she is a real livewire up front for The Rebels.

DLR Waves: Kate Mooney
As impressive as Katie Malone and Carla McManus were last season, DLR needed more firepower up front. So, the addition of Mooney from Shelbourne is a real coup and she will feel that she has something to prove with her new club.

Galway WFC: Therese Kinnevey
Since making her League debut last season, nothing has fazed this Galway native. She is very much a traditional full-back in knowing when to overlap on supporting runs forward, when to hold her position, how to win key tackles, and when to double up to help a team-mate.

Peamount United: Della Doherty
Note down the name of this promising defender as this could be her break-out year. With Niamh Farrelly, Louise Corrigan, Chloe Moloney & Niamh Barnes having departed, Doherty could take over at centre-back alongside Claire Walsh. And if she does, she can become a star player.

Shelbourne: Jessica Stapleton
There is almost an elegance to how Stapleton plays and that is exciting to watch. Having made the move from Shamrock Rovers Under-17 side, she might have expected to sit this season out and learn from more experienced players. But that is unlikely to happen due to her supreme talent and temperment. Expect her to command a starting spot at centre-back.

Treaty United: Jesse Mendez
Taking on a new challenge can be daunting, but it can also be the making of a player. The latter is how Mendez should be viewing her transfer from Cork City to Treaty, where she should get a lot more game-time and a chance to show that she can become a main player in this League.

Wexford Youths: Aoibheann Clancy
Figuring out her best position on the pitch will be the tricky part for Clancy, whose quick feet and awareness allow her to operate superbly between the lines. She may see time out on the wing, but trusting her in a central midfield role could bring the best out in her.