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In American sports there is an annual award for 'Comeback Player of the Year'. It essentially rewards those who have defied the odds to get their playing careers back on track.

Here are five contenders to take the SSE Airtricity Women's National League version of that:

Louise Corrigan (DLR Waves)
The 2020 season could have been very different for Corrigan if she had not picked up a nasty knee injury in pre-season. She was likely to start in the centre of defence alongside Claire Walsh for Peamount United but instead had to watch her team-mates complete the domestic double without her. Now she is fighting her way back to fitness and eager to prove herself at a new club.

Ruth Fahy (Galway WFC)
The Galway native is back home and eager to give football another shot after some time away. A classy defender who reads the game superbly, Fahy was a key part of the Wexford Youths team that enjoyed success some years back and should bring a lot of experience to a dressing room that already has some big leaders.

Tiegan Ruddy (Peamount United)
After a spell in college in the United States and another lay-off due to injury, Ruddy fell off the radar for many WNL observers. But that should change once she gets some game-time and reminds everyone why she was once rated as one of the best young midfielders in the country. She has the ability to change games and that is what Peamount need.

Chloe Mustaki (Shelbourne)
It was all going so well for Mustaki as she was playing in England with Charlton Athletic and on the verge of making her Republic of Ireland WNT debut before suffering an injury. She has worked incredibly hard to get back running and that determination was enough for Shels to bring her back to the club, because they know just how good the versatile player can be.

Lynn-Marie Grant (Wexford Youths)
It is quite a while since Grant has been spoken about in these circles, following an extended period away from the top level, but she is back and very much part of Tom Elmes's plans at Wexford. A midfielder who makes things happen, she has already introduced an extra edge to their forward play and should contribute with goals and assists once she finds her flow.